Winners Announced for National Mall Design Competition

The area between the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S. Capitol has seen better days, but architects are vying to improve the nation’s front lawn

Architects from around the world submitted their portfolios, and by mid-December, a jury of experts invited ten design teams to re-imagine three "dead-zones" on the National Mall. (Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture + Tom Leader Studio for Sylvan Theater)

Diller Scofidio Renfro + Hood Design

Union Square
(Courtesy of Diller Scofidio Renfro + Hood Design)
In a proposal by Diller Scofidio Renfro + Hood Design, the reflecting pool in Union Square, just in front of the Capitol, becomes a “liquid medium for the visualization of the political process.” Live recordings of Congressional proceedings are translated into waves on the water’s surface. The public can add more ripples by talking into microphones at the pool’s edge.

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