DC Metrocentric » BreakingGround: Lumber Shed

Glad to see this project finally taking-off! It served a wonderful purpose temporarily especially for the Tour de Fat DC Annual Event! It will be interesting to see if this location at the Capitol Riverfront can remain the venue for next years event!

After what seems like years of the old Lumber Shed standing as nothing more than a shell along the Capitol Riverfront in Near Southeast, work is finally underway to transform the old Navy yard building into a glass retail and restaurant pavilion. Once complete, the 30,000 sq-ft. glass pavilion will have five restaurants and the second floor will house some offices for the developer Forest City.

via DC Metrocentric » BreakingGround: Lumber Shed.

Drive Through Airport by Büro für MEHR

Creative studio Büro für MEHR has designed a concept for a drive-through airport that processes planes like a car wash.  Aircraft handling would be spilt into three phases: arrival, servicing and departure, arranged in a linear format.

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Creating Space for Artists

Next week the National Building Museum is hosting a panel discussion on the role of planners, architects, and policy makers in creating live/work spaces for artists. Despite being a premier city for arts and culture, few working artists are able to afford housing and studio space in the city, which deprives D.C. of valuable assets for creativity and economic development.

This lecture is part of a recurring series called D.C. Builds which tackles design, planning, and development issues in the capital and previous talks have been really interesting, so this one is definitely worth checking out! (Pictured are artist lofts at the Arts District Hyattsville)

via DC Metrocentric » To Do: Creating Space for Artists.

DC Metrocentric » Under Construction: CityCenter

The pace of development of CityCenterDC is still going full steam as all of the structures are now above ground. This first phase will contain approximately 1.3 million sq. ft. and will include two 11-story office buildings, two 11-story apartment buildings,  and two 11-story condo buildings all still on track for a 2013 opening.

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Cool Infographics – Blog – Its All About The Images

Here’s some irony for you. It’s All About The Images infographic from MDG Advertising relays information visually about the importance of relaying information visually.  Yes, it’s very meta.Some say image is everything, and that’s especially true on the Internet where the shift to visual optimization is playing an increasingly important role in the recent phenomenon of photo marketing. In light of their numerous benefits for brands of all kinds, MDG Advertising developed an insightful infographic that illustrates the influence of images on a company’s business, branding, search, and social media efforts. For insight on optimizing images for content and commerce, along with advice on image optimization techniques, take a look at the following infographic to see why images can help make success a snap.In our world, this information is true for posting infographics as well as photo images.

via Cool Infographics – Blog – Its All About The Images.

The Latest on Walter Reed’s Redevelopment

Last night, Martine Combal from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning gave ANC 4B and interested residents an update on the plans for the massive Walter Reed redevelopment project, to be located on Georgia Avenue between Aspen Street and Fern Street NW map.A quick primer on what is in the works. The expansive plans on the boards feature 3.1 million square feet of development, including 90 townhomes, 1,864 multifamily units and more than 100 homes for homeless veterans. Retail is also planned, including perhaps a Wegman’s, and the site will have two bilingual charter schools one Spanish-English, one Chinese-English and a Howard University ambulatory care center. The new development would also have a number of energy-efficient elements: green roofs, solar panels, cisterns, and a goal of being net-zero by 2030. There could also be some park-like areas and planners are considering building a streetcar to connect the development to a nearby Metro station.

via The Latest on Walter Reed’s Redevelopment.