Architecture

Shaping the City: Developing the Southwest Waterfront

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo sits down with architect Roger Lewis and Monty Hoffman, a lead developer of D.C's ambitious Southwest Waterfront redevelopment project, to talk about the future of the 27-acre site.

Shaping The City: Capturing Spirit In Architecture

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo and architect Roger Lewis explore how design can capture — or completely ignore — the spirit, history and culture of the spaces where we work and live.

Shaping The City: Outgoing D.C. Planning Director Harriet Tregoning

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

As head of D.C.'s Office of Planning through the past two mayoral administrations, Harriet Tregoning has had a hands-on role over city policy. We speak with her about her tenure and what's next for her in a new job within the Obama administration.

Shaping The City: Architecture And Empty Spaces

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

As parking lots, community gardens and abandoned buildings give way to development, we explore the city's disappearing empty spaces.

The Architecture Of Metro

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo examines the architecture of Metro, and considers how its design conventions affect the system today.

Shaping The City: Transportation Transformation In 2014

Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Architect Roger Lewis and Arlington County Board member Chris Zimmerman explore how new streetcars and a new Metro line will will re-shape transportation in our region in 2014.

Family Fun For Winter Break

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Whether you've got relatives in town for the holidays or need to entertain the kids over winter break, we've got some ideas for fun and unusual things to do in our area.

Shaping The City: Designing New Buildings On College Campuses

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 12:19 p.m.

Universities are big land-owners in the DC region, and many of them are building new facilities. We explore the tensions and pressures that influence design and construction on campus.

Redeveloping Walter Reed

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

A proposal called "The Parks at Walter Reed" won the bid to redevelop the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in D.C. into a 3 million-square-foot town center project. We explore the proposal and what it means for the neighborhood and the District.

Shaping The City: Setting Standards For Design

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Governments have certain tools at their disposal that can influence how buildings look and feel. But zoning codes and building height limits can only do so much to affect the aesthetic designs behind private projects. Architect and Washington Post columnist Roger Lewis returns to explore what makes for good design and whether it's possible for the public sector to impose design standards and private endeavors.

Shaping The City: Placemaking Through Public Art

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

In communities across the country, government agencies and city councils are pairing with individual artists and arts nonprofits to create a stronger sense of place through art.

Shaping The City: The National Mall As America's Gathering Place

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we explore the role of the National Mall in hosting landmark events past, present and future.

Shaping The City: Big Box Goes Urban

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 12:23 p.m.

Architect, urban planner and Washington Post columnist Roger Lewis joins Kojo to explore how big box retailers typically associated with the suburbs may soon be affecting the look and feel of urban neighborhoods in our region.

Elliott Holt: "You Are One Of Them"

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013 at 1:32 p.m.

Author Elliott Holt's debut novel is rooted in Cold War D.C. and post-Soviet Russia, but raises universal questions about trust and truth. Kojo asks Holt about the nature of truth, the Cold War's pop cultural legacy and the writing process.

Shaping The City: Design Review And Civic Art

Thursday, Jun 27, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

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.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.