Design Line
Tuesday, April 14 2015

reVISION :: Thinking Big, New Projects in Washington, DC

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS invites you to attend the reVISION :: Thinking Big exhibit which opens April 15th at the District Architecture Center. Our partner, David Haresign, FAIA, has served as a leader on the exhibition committee for this important consideration of five upcoming DC development projects and their potential to repair urban disconnections. The exhibit recognizes the vision of clients, planners and architects to repair past public works infringement on neighborhood connections by reconstructing the urban fabric.


Highways, rail yards, industrial sites, and relics of mid-twentieth century urban renewal have long posed significant physical barriers in Washington, D.C. These uses have been inserted into and disrupted the city’s historic street/block pattern conceived by Pierre L’Enfant, severing public access to the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, and occupying large swaths of its neighborhoods. In the first decades of the twenty-first century, planning efforts coupled with economic resurgence and population growth have generated new opportunities and ideas about how these disconnections can be repaired. The potential for reconnecting the city’s fabric has sparked development interest in—and a new vision for—urban sites overlooked or once considered too difficult and inaccessible.

reVISION :: Thinking Big focuses on five phased, mixed-use projects currently in design, in the final stages of development review, or under construction: Burnham Place at Union Station, Capitol Crossing, McMillan, The Wharf, and The Yards. Organized around three themes—reconnecting to the water, building above barriers, and repurposing public works—the exhibition examines the theories and context behind each project’s design as well as the complexity inherent in projects of such vision and scope.



421 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

SIGAL Gallery + Sorg Gallery
April 15, 2015 – June 13, 2015

Opening Reception – Save the Date
Tuesday, April 28, 6-8pm


Organized by AIA|DC for the SIGAL Gallery and Sorg Gallery. Production made possible by ABC Imaging. Designed and modeled in ArchiCAD18.

AIA|DC/District Architecture Center: Mary Fitch, AICP, Hon. AIA, Executive Director; Daniel Fox, Assistant Director
Exhibition Committee: David Haresign, FAIA, Bonstra|Haresign ARCHITECTS, Chairman; Matthew Bell, FAIA, Perkins Eastman; Mark Gilliand, FAIA, Shalom Baranes Associates; Roger K. Lewis, FAIA, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland; William Powers, AIA, Skidmore, Owings + Merrill; Lee Quill, FAIA, Cunningham+Quill Architects; Rita Abraham Yurow, Sorg Architects
Curator: Mary Konsoulis, AICP, Consulting for Creative Community
Exhibition Designer: Scott Clowney, AIA|DC/District Architecture Center
Graphic Designer: Jennifer Byrne, Live.Create.Play.LLC
Digital Information Coordinator: Bradley W. Johnson, AIA|DC/District Architecture Center
Location Maps by Taylor Stout, Graduate Student in Architecture and Real Estate Development, University of Maryland
History/Analysis PowerPoint Videos by the Graduate Architecture Seminar in Urban Design, University of Maryland, Prof. Matthew Bell, FAIA: Christopher Allen, Lubna Chaudhry, Golnar Ershad, Elizabeth Hampton, Kara Johnston, David Leestma, Luke Petrocelli, Shira Rosenthal, Siobhan Steen, Arica Thornton, Nader Wallerich, Richard Watt