Tour: The Wharf

The Wharf Parcel 2, courtesy of Perkins Eastman

The Wharf on Washington, DC’s Southwest Waterfront is now taking shape, with Phase 1 scheduled to open to the public on October 12, 2017. The Wharf takes a revolutionary approach to large-scale urban design by bringing the city directly to its waterfront. The District’s Southwest quadrant became in the 1950s the subject of the very first implementation of federally-funded urban renewal in the U.S., a doomed effort which displaced many residents and businesses in the process and failed to adequately integrate the neighborhood with the city proper. Today, The Wharf represents far more than a new waterfront attraction, public esplanade, residential district, or any other single sub-category of redevelopment. Instead, The Wharf is a large neighborhood envisioned on a small scale, in which every square foot of space is utilized, mobility and accessibility are prioritized, and a fully activated urban environment extended up to (and beyond) the water’s edge. This once grossly underutilized site, in which only nine businesses and 193,000 sf of built space occupied 23 acres, will be transformed by 2021 to feature 3.2 million sf of mixed-use development. Washington DC residents will be connected with their city’s waterfront in ways that were previously unimaginable.

The tour will be co-led by key design leaders from Perkins Eastman—Principal Hilary Bertsch, Senior Associate Douglas Campbell, and Associate Reggie Truxon—whose collective vision, planning, and design work helped shape The Wharf including the public realm and several new buildings. 

Presented by: Perkins Eastman and Hoffman-Madison Waterfront

Note: As The Wharf is still an active construction site, participants will be required to wear hard hats and safety vests (provided). Close-toed footwear is also required.

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