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Streetscape & Public Realm Design Guidelines for DC’s newest neighborhood

Washington, DC’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is a new, 500-acre mixed-use community and riverfront destination featuring one and a half miles of river frontage stretching north to the U.S. Capitol. Historically the Capitol Riverfront was anchored by the Washington Navy Yard, the longest continually operating naval facility in the country.

In 2012, The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement district (CRBID) engaged AECOM and Rebar to develop Streetscape and Public Realm Design Guidelines to help orchestrate public realm improvements over the site’s planned 20 year build-out.

To complement the long term strategic plan, Rebar developed an interim use and cultural activation program intended to choreograph a sequence of shorter-term economic, ecological and cultural catalysts taking advantage of temporarily vacant sites to knit together disparate parts of the neighborhood and connect people to the Anacostia Riverfront.

Date: 2012
Client: Capitol Riverfront BID, AECOM
Location: Washington D.C.