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

Washington Monument
(Courtesy of Diller Scofidio Renfro + Hood Design)
For this scheme, Diller Scofidio Renfro + Hood Design suggest “peeling up” the southern edge of the Washington Monument grounds and buckling it to create an undulating landscape. In the valleys, there would be lawns and amphitheaters where people could gather, and within the hills, there would be shaded spaces and a cafeteria.

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