Opening Reception: reBirth::Washington DC 50 Years after 1968

Join AIA|DC at the District Architecture Center for the opening reception of reBirth::Washington DC 50 Years after 1968. Explore projects in neighborhoods affected by the events of 1968 and watch “April Uprising: DC After Martin Luther King's Assassination,” a documentary film narrated by Aaron Gilchrist of NBC4. The exhibition will be on view from April 2 to June 1, 2018.

About the Exhibition

The 1960s was a decade of upheaval. Post-World War II suburbanization had left American cities economically fragile and socially stratified. An unpopular and seemingly endless war in Vietnam was fueling dissent. And racial inequality remained despite the continuing struggle for civil rights.

Washington, DC, the nation’s capital, was not immune to the economic, social, and racial repercussions affecting American cities. In Washington’s black community, the pain, anger, and frustration felt by many would erupt into violence following the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. Three neighborhoods at the heart of DC’s black community were particularly hard hit: 14th and U Streets NW; 7th Street/Shaw NW; and H Street NE. It would take half a century for these neighborhoods to recover from the devastation.

reBirth::Washington DC 50 Years after 1968 examines architecture’s role in the city’s rebirth. Organized geographically by neighborhood and chronologically by completion, it presents significant projects in each area that have served as catalysts for change.

This exhibition is made possible through generous support from:

Patron—Bill Bonstra, FAIA and Penny Karas; David and Patricia Haresign; Eric Colbert & Associates PC; Insight Property Group; Martinez + Johnson Architecture; MV+A Architects; Potomac Valley Brick; Silverback Development in Honor of Phil Esocoff, FAIA



Benefactor—Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS; CallisonRTKL; Interface Engineering, Inc.; Ogden CAP Properties in Honor of Phil Esocoff, FAIA; Perkins Eastman; Shalom Baranes Associates; SK+I Architecture; Susan and Eric Meyers; Torti Gallas + Partners

Supporter—BELL Architects, PC; Bowman Consulting; dp+partners, llc; Hickok Cole Architects; Horning Brothers; INTUS Windows; Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners; Jay and Rita Abraham Yurow; Lee & McShane, P.C.; Rathgeber/Goss Associates, P.C.; Roger K. Lewis, FAIA, Architect and Planner; SK&A Structural Engineers, PLLC

Contributor—Capitol Engineering Group, LLC; Suzane Reatig Architecture

Donation—CAS Engineering; Landscape Architecture Bureau (LAB)