New CityCenter Brings Green Public Space to Downtown D.C.

The 10-acre CityCenterDC, the largest redevelopment project currently underway in any downtown in an American city, looks like a people-centric design. Incorporating a generous new park and central plaza, along with green roofs and gardens set within commercial and residential buildings, the development may present an improved model for how to integrate sustainable design elements into a dense downtown area. The redevelopment of the old DC convention center site, which was most recently a big parking lot, is being led by Hines | Archstone. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, a landscape architecture firm, is creating the site master plan with Foster + Partners, and also leading the development of the landscape architecture (working with DC-based Lee & Associates)....