Building Project

Enhancement of our urban environment, creating beauty and a sustainable public realm is an ambitious goal. We at Catholic University seek to provide opportunities for students to participate in community-based projects, and to fundamentally contribute to their communities as informed citizens and educated designers when they leave our university. Programs such as these efforts build positive relationships and help foster a commitment to community service.

Frequent meetings with Urban Institute Studio, community organization leaders, government agencies and private sector consultants, expanded students awareness of neighborhood needs and desires. These gatherings enable students to understand how the neighborhood impacts daily lives. They learn to identify what aspects make a positive neighborhood feeling and what may be unacceptable conditions.

Iris Miller, ASLA, M.Arch
Director, Landscape Studies
Director, Urban Institute Studio
School of Architecture and Planning
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064
Phone: 202 319-5188

Foggy Bottom / Lower Georgetown, D.C.

  1. Complete Book 169 pages, including text
    Streetscape, Traffic, Bridges
    Heritage Park, Memorial Opportunities, Cultural Center
    Adaptive Use: Aqueduct Remnant, C&O Canal, Whitehurst
    Markets, Cafés
    Urban Landscape, Sustainability
  2. Summary 72 pages, primarily images
    Includes Kennedy Center vicinity proposal
    Mixed-Use Development, Streetscape, Traffic, Plazas, Bridges,
    Pedestrian-Bicycle Links / Recreation Loop

River Road / Westbard, Bethesda, MD

  1. Complete Book 124 pages, including text
    Westbard/Westwood Master Plan, Mixed-Use Development, Parks
    River Road Streetscape, Traffic
    Capital Crescent Trail Parks
    Addenda: 1982 Sector Plan, Community Survey,
    Environmental Statement
    Urban Landscape, Sustainability
  2. Summary 18 pages, text and images

Historic Anacostia / Poplar Point, D.C.

  1. Complete Book 107 pages
    Streetscape, Traffic / Streetcar, Bridges
    Plazas, Parks, Riverfront Promenade, Wetlands, Nature Center
    Pedestrian/Transit-Oriented Mixed-Use Metro Development
    Urban Landscape, Sustainability

Brookland, D.C.

  1. Complete Book 58 pages
    Streetscape, Traffic / Streetcar (or Bus), Bridges, Metro / Transportation Hub
    Plazas, Parks, Mixed-Use Development, Town Center Retail
    Urban Landscape, Sustainability

Xi Yuan Community at Summer Palace, Beijing, China

  1. Complete Book 38 pages
    Streetscape, Traffic, Bridges, Canal, Transportation Hub
    Parks, Plazas, Gateways
    Markets, Heritage Cultural Center, Commercial Development
    Residential: Courtyard / Townhouse Typologies
    Institutional: School, Senior Center, Community Center, Clinic
    Urban Landscape, Infrastructure, Sustainability

Pleasant Plaines / Howard University Vicinity, D.C.

  1. Complete Book 100 pages
    Streetscape, Traffic
    Parks, Plazas, Recreation / Sports, Playground
    Markets, Galleries, Mixed-Use Development
    Urban Landscape, Sustainability