Andropogon + Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Despite its proximity to the national monuments, Constitution Gardens has been neglected. Its primary feature, a pond, is stagnant, and its sidewalks are crumbling. But the design team of Andropogon + Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s proposal promises to bring new life to the site. The designers suggest that a marketplace be constructed on the park’s north side, along Constitution Avenue. “It would really become a magnet for people in a way that nothing on the mall right now is,” says Kirk Savage, author of Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape. “It would be a really fun place to be.” Meanwhile, natural elements, such as wetland and a magnolia bog, would be incorporated to balance out the new infrastructure. This way, over time, species of birds, insects and mammals could return too.