Shaping The City: Design Review And Civic Art

Shaping The City: Design Review And Civic Art

Kojo explores how architectural design review has shaped the federal buildings and monuments in our area, and how broader use of design review panels could alter the aesthetics across the region.

In some parts of our region, a panel of esteemed architects reviews design plans for new buildings before they go up. But in most areas, anything goes -- aesthetically speaking. Kojo looks at how design review has shaped the Mall and the federal landscape in Washington, and asks whether similar pre-screening could turn mediocre architecture into award-winning construction elsewhere in D.C. and the region.

Guests

Roger Lewis

Architect; Columnist, "Shaping the City," Washington Post; and Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Maryland College Park

Thomas Luebke

Secretary, Commission of Fine Arts; Editor of "Civic Art: A Centennial History of the Commission of Fine Arts" (Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 2013)

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