DC DEVELOPMENT(S): WEST HALF

Take me out to the ball game,

Take me out with the crowd…

Buy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks,

I don’t care if I never get back…

Is this the song DC will be singing as they root, root, root for the home teams of JBG and ODA Architecture as they complete work on West Half, a development located at the foot of the Washington Nationals major league baseball stadium ? It might as well be. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): WEST HALF

ARCHITECTURE TREND ON THE (HIGH) RISE: TIMBER TOWERS

Say this three times fast:

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck was collecting wood for a skyscraper?

Then go ahead and say this:

What?!

When thinking of a typical skyscraper, most think of steel beams, concrete, and reflective metals soaring closer to the sun and holding the dreams of many as they hustle through their 9-5. One architect, however, is challenging the status-quo (as artists do), and urging the business world to think outside of their well-known, ironclad box. ARCHITECTURE TREND ON THE (HIGH) RISE: TIMBER TOWERS

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE PERLA

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If you hear church bells ringing, it might be no more than an echo. Okay, that might be a tad dramatic –– there are plenty of places of worship untouched by DC’s growing pains. Still though, it’s only right to acknowledge that as development creeps up in unsuspecting corners, some of DC’s establishments get pushed out. That is the case as The Perla, one of DC’s developments in the works, comes to fruition in the heart of Shaw. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE PERLA

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): COLUMBIA PLACE

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Another day, another development taking shape in the streets of DC. So many projects that have been humming along in the background for some time now are finally (almost) ready to make their debuts. One of the most striking and exciting developments that’s just about ready to hit the DC scene is Columbia Place. If the name sounds familiar, it might be because of how long the papers have been penning about this place and the wheels have been turning on this idea, it would seem it already exists. But no –– in fact, Columbia Place is just coming into its own. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): COLUMBIA PLACE

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): MIDTOWN CENTER

We’re getting to the point in winter where, every once in a while, out of the blue, will come a sunny day that almost coerces you into believing that the worst is over; Spring has sprung. And while we’re not there yet (curse that little groundhog), there’s still enough construction happening around the District to give us all hope that it won’t be all February-ish forever. And, for now, I’ll take that (though I must admit I prefer chirping birds to jackhammers). While there are many projects that are trudging full-force through winter, there are definitely some especially monstrous ones making strides in the midst of the coldest months. One of those projects is Midtown Center. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): MIDTOWN CENTER

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): REIMAGINING THE EASTERN BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

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Like any major city, DC is always evolving. Buildings are being flipped, businesses being tweaked…the city is constantly moving in roughly a billion different directions. In all of the hubbub, it’s easy to forget that while it seems like the changes come at a million miles per hour, development takes time, and often a lot of it. One development that has been fighting for action for almost a decade now in Hill East is the old Eastern Branch Girls and Boys Club Building. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): REIMAGINING THE EASTERN BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

DC ARCHITECTURE SPOTLIGHT: HICKOK COLE

Even if you don’t have an affinity for architecture, you must agree – it is the backbone of any city. It singlehandedly creates the skyline, gives dreams a place to fester, and hosts hustle inside of its walls. The best part of architecture is that it’s a form of creativity. Some of you might be saying, wait, hold up, doesn’t architecture involve equations that ensure the roof doesn’t cave in and crunching numbers to make sure that doors are going to open? Yes, all of that is true. But it’s also an artistic expression, and as such, us admirers are lucky enough to see a variety of different takes on how a building is built, from the inside out. One of DC’s prominent architect groups is the firm Hickok Cole.

DC ARCHITECTURE SPOTLIGHT: HICKOK COLE