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D.C.’s Elegant Metro Map Suffers From Growing Pains – Henry Grabar – The Atlantic Cities


D.C.’s Metrorail system is growing. And so is its map.

The Silver Line, whose first stops will open later this year, will eventually — finally — provide a rail connection between the city and Dulles International Airport, a welcome alternative to one of the metro area’s more expensive taxi rides.

But the expansion means the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Agency’s iconic rail map, the latest iterations of which were released this week, is starting to look more crowded than a downtown platform at rush hour. The system has been expanding regularly [gif] and with grace since Lance Wyman designed the first map in 1976, but the Silver Line poses a new challenge: three lines running on the same track.

via D.C.’s Elegant Metro Map Suffers From Growing Pains – Henry Grabar – The Atlantic Cities.

11th Street Bridge Design Presentation by VA Tech Students

Shipping Containers for Community: KontenerART – Design Milk

Can a community in DC discover the power of creating temporary placemaking with the use of containers, in a creative and useful way, of course?

We’ve seen shipping containers being repurposed into offices and now here’s another really interesting use for them: temporary spaces. mode:lina created KontenerART 2012 as a temporary epicenter for activities, like workshops, concerts, and exhibitions.Located in Poznań, Poland, the commune is situated by the Warta River and it’s a place “where hammock lovers meet artists.” Given the fact that the place is for seasonal use when the weather is prime, the furniture used was wooden palettes, hammocks, and beach chairs.

via Shipping Containers for Community: KontenerART – Design Milk.

Sheikh Zayed Bridge / Zaha Hadid Architects by Hufton+Crow | ArchDaily

The DC Office of Planning is hoping to re-purpose the old southbound 11th Street Bridge in Southeast DC for future recreational and educational activities as a destination for the District and visitors alike. With tighter budgets than the bridge in this article, OP is hoping to encourage innovative cost conscious design solutions in a competition in the near future.


Becoming a destination in itself and potential catalyst in the future urban growth of Abu Dhabi, the Zaha Hadid designed Sheikh Zayed Bridge was conceived in a highly mobile society that requires a new route around the Gulf south shore, connecting the three Emirates together. Hufton+Crow shared with us their photos as they capture the many viewpoints of this sinusoidal waveform structure. A complete gallery of images after the break.

via Sheikh Zayed Bridge / Zaha Hadid Architects by Hufton+Crow | ArchDaily.

Without Architects, Smart Cities Just Aren’t Smart | ArchDaily

Arguably the biggest buzzword in urbanism right now is the ‘Smart City’. The idea, although certainly inclusive of eco-friendly practices, has even replaced “sustainability” as the major intent of cities planning for positive future development. Smart City thinking has been used successfully in countries as diverse as Brazil, the US, the UAE, South Korea, and Scotland (Glasgow just won a £24million grant to pioneer new schemes throughout the city).

But what exactly are Smart Cities? What benefit do they bring us? And, more importantly, how can we best implement them to secure our future?

The answer, in my opinion, lies in the hands of architects.

via Without Architects, Smart Cities Just Aren’t Smart | ArchDaily.