Design Workshop Awarded High Profile Streetscape Project in Washington, D.C.
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Austin office of Design Workshop has been selected by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) to serve as lead consultant for a project greening the streets surrounding ASLA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown.
“Fully integrating in-depth sustainable features and technology, coupled by mobility options for all users, is at the forefront of this demonstration effort. The 13-block study area will become a paradigm shift in the way that society recognizes and values public right-of-way.”
The Chinatown Green Streets Demonstration Project, located between the White House and National Capitol Building, will serve as an international demonstration effort to show how streets can truly become sustainable. It will involve the design and installation of an interconnected series of vegetated systems and innovative technologies to manage stormwater runoff and beautify the public right-of-way. The project will include the creation of a master plan, detailed design/documentation and implementation driven out of a community-based process.
The project will transform the way our nation’s capital utilizes public rights-of-way in a holistic sustainable manner, according to Steven Spears, PLA, AICP Principal with Design Workshop.
“The project will prove that street rights-of-way can have various uses and function that conventional thinking has assumed cannot coexist,” said Spears. “Fully integrating in-depth sustainable features and technology, coupled by mobility options for all users, is at the forefront of this demonstration effort. The 13-block study area will become a paradigm shift in the way that society recognizes and values public right-of-way.”
Spears added that street rights-of-way generally are the largest collection of public domain space in any given city throughout the United States. The project aims to demonstrate that the 13-block study area can become a place for all modes of transportation, through complete streets, as well as a profound collection of sustainable features such as enhanced green stormwater infrastructure, reduced energy consumption, addition of interpretive signage, reduced heat island effect, and increased planting and urban forestry. The study area is within the original 1791 Pierre L’Enfant plan for Washington D.C., developed in the 1800s, and has grown to a bustling urban area with a rich and varied history.
ASLA is the sponsoring agency leading this effort. Design Workshop was selected through a national call for submission and interview process and will begin the project this month. The first steps will involve creating an overall master plan for the study area. Design Workshop, in collaboration with ASLA and its Site Sustainability Task Force, will lead the effort focused on a performance-based design of establishing baseline conditions, benchmarks and metrics.
A robust stakeholder and public outreach is also envisioned, engaging with numerous agencies, organizations,and the community through a series of community charrettes, open houses, small group meetings, various social media outlets and technology.
The Design Workshop–led team includes VIKA Capitol, Walter P Moore, Oehme van Sweden, Blakey and Agnew, Larry Kirkland, Ginnie Cooper and Construction Ecoservices.
About Design Workshop
Founded in 1969, Design Workshop has been recognized with more than 150 prestigious awards for their work in community planning, new communities, urban centers and mixed-use resorts, public parks, golf courses, and residences. The firm’s philosophy challenges staff and their clients to equally merge artistic vision, environmental sensitivity, community values and sound economics to create unique places that stand the test of time. They refer to this approach as DW Legacy Design®. For more information, please visit www.designworkshop.com.