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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

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architect + Paul Murdoch Architects

Constitution Gardens
(Courtesy of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architect + Paul Murdoch Architects)
For Constitution Gardens, this design team recommends building a café, like a ramp rising out of the landscape, on the northwest side of the lake to take full advantage of views of the nearby Washington Monument. Across the lake, on the southeast end, there would be tiered performance seating.

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