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July 26, 2016

Design Professionals Confront Climate Change in Washington, D.C.
Design competition seeks creative solutions to mitigate the impact
of storm damage on the National Mall

Washington D.C. (July 26, 2016) – The Open Architecture Collaborative DC: Resilience by Design Committee has launched the National Treasures Design Competition (NTDC) to promote urban resilience in National Capital Region. The competition challenges design teams across the nation to develop innovative mitigation strategies for national monuments in low-lying areas around the Tidal Basin.
Multi-disciplinary teams are asked to submit design proposals for one of three National Mall sites that are vulnerable to extreme weather: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. “The National Mall is a complex area that is governed by multiple agencies and represents one of the most culturally-significant areas in the region and the nation as a whole,” according to Marcus Monroe, Co-Director of Open Architecture DC, Resilience by Design Program. The competition will expand awareness of the importance of designing, planning and managing cities that are adaptable in the face of an evolving climate.
Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts. Finalists will present their solutions during a reception on August 18, 2016 at CallisonRTKL’s Washington D.C. office. Competition jurors will include:
● Katharine Burgess, AICP – urban resilience director at the Urban Land Institute with experience managing post-Katrina recovery charrettes

● Jon Penndorf, AIA – senior associate at Perkins + Will and co-author of “Weathering the Storm: Mental Health and Resilient Design”

● Ashley Wilson, AIA, ASID – architect at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and project architect for the Farnsworth House’s flood mitigation work.
● Jay Wilson, LEED AP BD+C – green building program analyst at DC’s Department of Energy & Environment where he supports DC’s Climate Adaptation planning efforts
The design competition is part of the Open Architecture DC’s continuing efforts to improve and help communities through socially responsible and sustainable design.
For more information about the National Treasures design competition and reception visit: https://nationaltreasurescompetition.wordpress.com/. For more information about Open Architecture DC Visit: http://openarchdc.org/.

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