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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)

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

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners + Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect

Union Square
(Courtesy of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners + Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect)
The huge flaw with Union Square, says Savage, is that its massive reflecting pool separates the Capitol Building and Grant Memorial from the National Mall. A proposal by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners + Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect, however, provides a simple and elegant solution. “It takes the reflecting pool and turns it into an elliptical shape and then has these two footpaths across it that are on diagonals,” says Savage. “They create a diamond shape with the diagonal footpaths that go up towards the Capitol building.” A necklace of arched fountains surrounds the pool.

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