MRP Realty Team to Redevelop DC’s Northwest One Parcel

A decade after DC’s New Communities Initiative put forth “Northwest One” as one of a handful of redevelopment sites, the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) has selected a development team for the parcel. The team of MRP Realty and CSG Urban has been chosen to redevelop the 3.5-acre site at North Capitol and K Street NW (map), which includes the former Temple Courts Apartment building.

As presented in April, the MRP and CSG Urban proposal would create a three-building development, designed by Marshall Moya Architects, that would deliver 806 residential units in two phases. Over 500 of the units will be designated as affordable, many of which will be 3- and 4-bedroom units, one of the key reasons that DMPED went with this development team.

Source: MRP Realty Team to Redevelop DC’s Northwest One Parcel

Singapore May Have Designed the World’s Best Bus Stop

An architecture firm and the government collaborated on a bus stop with books, a rooftop garden, and a swing.

While the U.S. is known for its sorry bus stops—despite creative grassroots efforts to improve them—Singapore’s bus stops are already pretty decent. In the year and a half I lived there, I never came across one without seating and a roof—vital in a tropical climate prone to downpours. Still, they’re pretty humdrum affairs, and not places you’d want to spend much time in.

What if the humble bus stop could be a place you actually looked forward to frequenting? That’s the question the Singaporean firm DP Architects aimed to answer. “We wanted to redesign a commonplace thing we take for granted,” says Seah Chee Huang, the firm’s director.

Now, thanks to DP Architects in collaboration with various agencies of the Singaporean government, there’s a bus stop in Jurong, an area in the southwest of the island city state, that has elements you might find in a café, park, or your living room—all places you’d probably prefer over a bus stop.

Source: Singapore May Have Designed the World’s Best Bus Stop

GoT Comes to Life With #ArttheThrone — Making Game of Thrones

Emotional resonance. Iconic moments. Compelling characters. These are just a few of the inspirations behind Art the Throne, an immersive art experience influenced by memorable moments from GoT. At work now, five diverse artists will reinterpret scenes from the series, debuting their pieces on April 20 at a private exhibition in New York City.

Come back to Making Game of Thrones for a recap of the action and in the meantime, get to know the artists and their work below.

POP CHART LAB MEMORIALIZES THE RED WEDDING

Infographic experts Pop Chart Lab will interpret the notorious Red Wedding massacre into an illuminated manuscript engraved on a 12-foot piece of red glass. Beautifully detailed symbols will chart the events, conflicts, characters and families forever changed by Walder Frey’s betrayal. The feeling Pop Chart Lab wants to evoke? “Something bad happened here,” says designer Ashley Walker.

Source: GoT Comes to Life With #ArttheThrone — Making Game of Thrones

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10 Secrets of Successful Secondhand Furniture Shopping

Lifestyle by Ed Estes

10 Secrets of Successful Secondhand Furniture Shopping

Buying furniture secondhand is the recycling of the design world. Secondhand pieces don’t use any more raw materials, don’t require any more energy to be produced, reduce waste and pollution, and don’t require any additional packaging. On top of these pluses, antiques and previously used pieces have that great sense of story and character.

While seasoned secondhand shoppers would probably be able to dish out this advice in their sleep, it can often be difficult to know where to start looking if you’re not in the habit of hunting. Four professionals very much in the know offer 10 great tips to ease you on your way.

via 10 Secrets of Successful Secondhand Furniture Shopping.

Frank Gehry to Redesign the “Gateway to

Frank Gehry to Redesign the “Gateway to Sunset Strip” http://ow.ly/Ka4pQ

Guess DC’s 2014 Population!

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On Tuesday December 23rd the US Census Bureau is expected to release current and revised population estimates for states across the country; the District of Columbia is also included. Care to put your thinking cap on and take a guess as to what the District’s 2014 population number will be? Sign up and take the Office of Planning’s (OP) survey. The person who is able to come the closest (+/-) will receive a prize (a hard copy of the 2013 Indices: A Statistical Index of District of Columbia Government Services report).

Please complete the survey and provide your name, email and which ward you live in. We will announce the winner after the Census officially releases the District’s 2014 population estimate. Due to the scarcity of the 2013 Indices report (it’s a collector’s item!), we request that no one enter who has direct prior knowledge of the 2014…

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