Submerged: The Future of Urban Waterfronts in DC & Beyond

Join the Urban Design Committee for our third annual film screening and panel discussion. This year, the event will center on the topics of cities and water: focusing on aspects of waterfront redevelopment, water as a resource and platform for many uses, public and civic space, equity, climate change, and ecological resilience. We’ll explore how DC’s high profile waterfront projects (the Wharf, Navy Yard, and the 11th Street Bridge Park) and adjacent communities are faring, and what’s next for DC, looking to other cities for lessons. The first part of the evening will be a screening of two short films: one focused on DC and one with an international perspective. Following the screening, a panel of leading designers, policymakers and thinkers from different fields will discuss the films and expand on a vision for DC’s future.


Anacostia River: Making Connections (directed by Liz Norton and produced by Stone Soup Films)

Water & Architecture Part 1: A River Runs Through It (directed by Phineas Harper and produced by The Architectural Review and the Old Royal Naval College)

Presented by: 

Jen Croft, Sustainability & Energy Project Manager at DC Department of General Services

Kevin Storm, AIA, AICP, Associate Director of Design at the DC Office of Planning;

Merrill St. Leger, AICP, Principal, Urban Design and Planning, SmithGroup; and 

Rebecca Soja, EDAC, WELL AP, Designer at HKS and DCBIA Design Chair 2020

Organized by: AIA|DC Urban Design Committee 

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe opportunities and challenges associated with urban waterfront development;

  • Summarize restoration efforts on the Anacostia River and how they have impacted waterfront communities;

  • Consider the impact of climate change on coastal cities; and

  • Investigate new ways of occupying and using DC’s waterways.