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Greening the Mall

Ever noticed that some of the nicest places to sit on the National Mall are around the edges, gardens such as the one outside the Botanical Garden building, or the sweet little swamp and wetlands next to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian? The designers of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture went before the Fine Arts Commission with some initial ideas last week, including a naturalistic water feature along Constitution Avenue. I think it’s a great idea, another softening of the rigid edges of the imperial Mall. But not everyone on the commission agrees. I take up the subject in my first entry for the Post’s new arts blog, here.


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Adjaye tweaks his design

            A few weeks ago, I wrote about architect David Adjaye and his designs for two new libraries in the District, plus his plans for the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture. The story included discussion of the controversy Adjaye faces with his proposal for the Washington Highlands library. Local residents felt it doesn’t fit into their neighborhood, that it would be discordant with the brick homes and residential scale, and that it includes spaces for teens and children that would be hard to monitor and patrol. The Library has just announced that Adjaye has revised his plans for that branch, and they’ve sent out an image that gives a sense of what Adjaye is now thinking.

Image Courtesy DC Public Library

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Live Chat Today

I’ll be joining my Washington Post colleagues Blake Gopnik and Jacqueline Trescott for a live online chat about the Post‘s annual Museums section. It’s a free for all discussion. I’ll be taking questions on the profile I wrote of architect David Adjaye, who will design the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Please join us.

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