WAP: Washington Alley Project

Start Date
10/02/2018
End Date
10/02/2018
Description
Within the Baroque plan of Washington, D.C. an extensive network of alleys
plays host to an urbanism unanticipated by the city's planners. The L'Enfant
plan's modulated grid, scaled to accommodate the monumental, has historically
necessitated lot subdivision in order to accommodate the commercial and
residential needs of the city. Washington's alleyways emerged in response to the
urban pressures of the 19th Century, only to be systematically neglected during
the 20th Century, and have yet to be optimized for the 21st Century. Given the
city’s fixed vertical and horizontal boundaries and skyrocketing land values, it’s
time to put the alleys to better and greater use.
Through research, analysis, case studies, and interventions, The Washington
Alley Project (WAP) examines the city’s informal alley network as a viable site
for new modes of urban living, creating opportunities to adapt to the social and
technological pressures of the present day without sacrificing architectural
heritage.
Location
Washington, DC
Distance Learning
No
Course Equivalency
No
Subjects
Project Management
Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
No
Hours
1.50
Learning Outcomes
1. participate in critical discussion around the historical development of the
Washington alley network and relate these topics back to their own
neighborhoods.
2. create a research process and give insight on how to locate a spatial opportunity
and develop ideas into a project through research, investigation, outreach and
proposals.
3. identify innovative design techniques and methods for soliciting feedback,
engagement and support from local communities and municipalities.
4. highlight potential sites for architectural development through techniques of
graphic mapping and analysis.
Instructors
Elizabeth Emerson, AIAPrincipal, EL StudioElizabeth@elstudioarch.comMark LawrencePrincipal, EL Studiomark@elstudioarch.com
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Course Codes
POASLA.DesignDC.20181002.03
Provider
Potomac Chapter ASLA


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