Review: Smithsonian South Mall Master Plan

Writing for The Dirt, Jared Green takes a critical eye to the proposed master plan for the Smithsonian's South Mall campus, designed by high-profile Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group.
November 24, 2014, 6am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The new master plan for the Smithsonian’s South Mall campus, which runs from the Hirshhorn Museum all the way to the Freer Museum, is a shocker," according to Jared Green. "It obliterates the existing landscape, filled with intimate nooks that invite exploration, in favor of 'improved connectivity' and open plazas that extend the grand expanse of the Mall in between the buildings."

In all, writes Green, "the new plan by Danish architecture and urban design firm BIG and San Francisco-based landscape architecture firm Surface Design, as well as many other collaborators, may leave visitors feeling exposed."

The review includes a lot more details about the master plan and a large collection of renderings.

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Published on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in ASLA The Dirt
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