Tour: Washington Alley Project

  • Date

    Thursday, April 25 2019

  • Time


  • Location

    El Studio

Alleys in the District, though viewed as dirty and unsafe, were historically occupied by dwellings, along with stables, workshops, and other buildings, during times of housing shortages. Today, few alley communities exist among the 8,894 alleys in the city, but alleys like Blagden Alley and Naylor Court survive as reminders of this past.

Through research, analysis, case studies, and interventions, the award-winning Washington Alley Project (WAP), created by EL Studio, examines the city’s informal alley network as a viable site for new modes of urban living, creating opportunities to adapt to the social and technological pressures of the present day without sacrificing architectural heritage.

Featuring EL-patented ‘low-res virtual reality’ technology, tour three alleys with EL Studio while interacting with WAP research concepts and design proposals that show how design can recapture alley infrastructure as a new urban typology.

Tour Addresses:

Marion St NW (between 6th+7th Streets & Q+R Streets NW)
Yale Steam Alley (between 4th+5th Streets, M Street, & New York Avenue NW)
Naylor Court NW (between 9th+10th Streets & N+O Streets NW)

Presented by: Elizabeth Emerson, AIA and Mark Lawrence, AIA with Meredith Miller, Juli Petrillo, and Sarah Beth McKay, Associate AIA of EL Studio

Organized by: EL Studio

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Create a research process and give insight on how to locate a spatial opportunity and develop ideas into a project through research, investigation, outreach and proposals;
  • Highlight potential sites for architectural development through techniques of graphic mapping and analysis;
  • Participate in critical discussion around the historical development of the Washington alley network and relate these topics back to their own neighborhoods; and
  • Identify innovative design techniques and methods for soliciting feedback, engagement and support from local communities and municipalities.

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