Former aspiring journalist, and then building industry professional. Currently, a graduate student in the community planning field attempting to understand how design, development, and equity fit together in urban environments.
Creating Third Places in Shaw, D.C.
In a design software course, I had to re-imagine and re-design a public space in my community.
The area in front of the historic Howard Theater has enormous potential for informal social gathering given that the road is for pedestrian-use only.
As D.C.’s demographics rapidly change, groups of people are thrust together without many avenues of organic interaction.
More ‘third place’ — areas where people may informally congregate — could be a way to encourage more informal congregation.
Changing Face of Southwest D.C.
Throughout a semester-long course on qualitative research methods, I studied Southwest D.C.
Southwest has a storied past which includes the devastating upheaval of thousands of residents during the federal urban renewal programs of the 1950s and 1960s.
More recently, new development spans the length of the Southwest waterfront. which boasts luxurious high-rise apartments, and fine dining options.
Many Southwest residents question whether this big-ticket project was built with them in mind.
A favorite client of mine, a young couple living in D.C., had a vision for their space and new life. We relentlessly pursued it together and they created an elegant entertainment space.