A GREAT INCLINED PLANE  National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds*  The competition of ideas asked for ideas on ways to   "make these iconic but unfinished grounds more welcoming, educational, and effectively used by the public for decades to come"  . The multi-stage process narrowed down over 500 entries from around the world to six finalists, and then invited the public to vote for "People's Choice" favorites.   A Great Inclined Plane , our winning proposal, draws its initial inspiration from the experience of the enormous crowds at the inauguration in 2008. The basic idea is to extend the Mall with a great inclined viewing platform that would bridge over the interrupting grade crossings at 14th and 15th streets. Two axes, referring to the ancient Cardo and Decumanus, that cut through the plane and intersect at the Jefferson Pier at an open courtyard underground, is a deliberate recreation of a foundation myth.
       
     
       
     
   Disquiet:  Absence of bodily or mental quietness; disturbance; uneasiness, anxiety, worry; restlessness; unrest.    
       
     
   Inaugurate : To take omens from the flight of birds, to consecrate or install after taking such omens or auguries. 
       
     
   Existing Conditions:  A Disordered Landscape
       
     
   Diagram:    Existing Memorial Landscape
       
     
   Cardo and Decumanus:  City Founding
       
     
   Vista:  The Abstract, the Haptic, and the Reciprocal
       
     
   Circulation:  Bringing Back the Pedestrian
       
     
   Flood Control:  Controlled Flooding
       
     
   Programming
       
     
   Proposed Master Plan
       
     
   Proposed Site Plan
       
     
   West Detail Plan
       
     
   East Detail Plan
       
     
   North Detail Plan
       
     
   South Detail Plan
       
     
   Entry Level Plan
       
     
   Public Space Comparisons
       
     
   A Great Public Space:  A stone platform on which both quotidian and national events are manifest.
       
     
   Section:  East-West
       
     
   Section:  North-South
       
     
   Rendered View:  Aerial
       
     
   Rendered View:  On Platform
       
     
   Rendered View:  On Platform
       
     
   Rendered View:  On Platform
       
     
   Rendered View:  On Ramp
       
     
   Rendered View:  At Jefferson Pier
       
     
   Rendered View:  Toward Tidal Basin
       
     
  A GREAT INCLINED PLANE  National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds*  The competition of ideas asked for ideas on ways to   "make these iconic but unfinished grounds more welcoming, educational, and effectively used by the public for decades to come"  . The multi-stage process narrowed down over 500 entries from around the world to six finalists, and then invited the public to vote for "People's Choice" favorites.   A Great Inclined Plane , our winning proposal, draws its initial inspiration from the experience of the enormous crowds at the inauguration in 2008. The basic idea is to extend the Mall with a great inclined viewing platform that would bridge over the interrupting grade crossings at 14th and 15th streets. Two axes, referring to the ancient Cardo and Decumanus, that cut through the plane and intersect at the Jefferson Pier at an open courtyard underground, is a deliberate recreation of a foundation myth.
       
     

A GREAT INCLINED PLANE
National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds*

The competition of ideas asked for ideas on ways to "make these iconic but unfinished grounds more welcoming, educational, and effectively used by the public for decades to come". The multi-stage process narrowed down over 500 entries from around the world to six finalists, and then invited the public to vote for "People's Choice" favorites.

A Great Inclined Plane, our winning proposal, draws its initial inspiration from the experience of the enormous crowds at the inauguration in 2008. The basic idea is to extend the Mall with a great inclined viewing platform that would bridge over the interrupting grade crossings at 14th and 15th streets. Two axes, referring to the ancient Cardo and Decumanus, that cut through the plane and intersect at the Jefferson Pier at an open courtyard underground, is a deliberate recreation of a foundation myth.

       
     

Video: A Great Inclined Plane

   Disquiet:  Absence of bodily or mental quietness; disturbance; uneasiness, anxiety, worry; restlessness; unrest.    
       
     

Disquiet: Absence of bodily or mental quietness; disturbance; uneasiness, anxiety, worry; restlessness; unrest.

 

   Inaugurate : To take omens from the flight of birds, to consecrate or install after taking such omens or auguries. 
       
     

Inaugurate: To take omens from the flight of birds, to consecrate or install after taking such omens or auguries. 

   Existing Conditions:  A Disordered Landscape
       
     

Existing Conditions: A Disordered Landscape

   Diagram:    Existing Memorial Landscape
       
     

Diagram: Existing Memorial Landscape

   Cardo and Decumanus:  City Founding
       
     

Cardo and Decumanus: City Founding

   Vista:  The Abstract, the Haptic, and the Reciprocal
       
     

Vista: The Abstract, the Haptic, and the Reciprocal

   Circulation:  Bringing Back the Pedestrian
       
     

Circulation: Bringing Back the Pedestrian

   Flood Control:  Controlled Flooding
       
     

Flood Control: Controlled Flooding

   Programming
       
     

Programming

   Proposed Master Plan
       
     

Proposed Master Plan

   Proposed Site Plan
       
     

Proposed Site Plan

   West Detail Plan
       
     

West Detail Plan

   East Detail Plan
       
     

East Detail Plan

   North Detail Plan
       
     

North Detail Plan

   South Detail Plan
       
     

South Detail Plan

   Entry Level Plan
       
     

Entry Level Plan

   Public Space Comparisons
       
     

Public Space Comparisons

   A Great Public Space:  A stone platform on which both quotidian and national events are manifest.
       
     

A Great Public Space: A stone platform on which both quotidian and national events are manifest.

   Section:  East-West
       
     

Section: East-West

   Section:  North-South
       
     

Section: North-South

   Rendered View:  Aerial
       
     

Rendered View: Aerial

   Rendered View:  On Platform
       
     

Rendered View: On Platform

   Rendered View:  On Platform
       
     

Rendered View: On Platform

   Rendered View:  On Platform
       
     

Rendered View: On Platform

   Rendered View:  On Ramp
       
     

Rendered View: On Ramp

   Rendered View:  At Jefferson Pier
       
     

Rendered View: At Jefferson Pier

   Rendered View:  Toward Tidal Basin
       
     

Rendered View: Toward Tidal Basin