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I'm going to take it *very* easy for the next couple of weeks, so updates will probably be minimal unless some big news breaks. But, so as to not leave everyone completely without something fresh, here are some renderings of the new Canal Park, on the web site of STUDIOs Architecture (with thanks to commenter "NotAlwaysReliable," who is King of Every Conceivable Canal Park Detail); you'll need to either do a search for Canal Park, or click on "Projects/On the Boards," since Flash web sites (grrrrrr) don't allow for direct links. I don't know anything about these renderings, so questions should probably go to the folks at the Canal Park Development Association.
So, I guess until I get back you can use this as an open thread. What's on everyone's mind these days? (But try to avoid asking me piles of questions, because I'm hoping that "vacation" can also mean "Vacation from Answering Stuff For a Few Days." )
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B in DC says: (8/3/09 2:44 PM)
I spoke to the Cornercopia owner this weekend (he's a very nice guy, btw). He said that they should be getting their liquor license on Tuesday with plans to open on Wednesday. I'll put in a chit for my free sandwich with that info.


David C says: (8/3/09 2:54 PM)
The STUDIOs website also has renderings of the Living Classrooms site in the Yards


James says: (8/3/09 4:06 PM)
So Canal Park will be half park, half bio-dome?


Michael says: (8/3/09 5:14 PM)
I spoke with him as well and he said Wednesday or Thursday possibly, but he doesn't want to get folks' hopes up, only to dash them. Maybe JD should run a lottery and people could pick days and hours when it will open...?

My question to JD: What's the deal with the Little Red Building?


Brandon Green says: (8/3/09 5:14 PM)
Enjoy your quasi-hiatus. I hope you're doing something fun.


Jay says: (8/3/09 5:46 PM)
Waiting for the ferry service from Old Town to Nationals Park. Hoped for it to start in July but here we are in August.

Anyone heard anything new?


Edna Wellthorpe says: (8/4/09 9:41 AM)
Wow, there's a lot of hardscape in that park design. That's unfortunate. Just think how hot and univiting some of that space will be on days like today. And there needs to be more furniture; People like to be able to sit in parks.


B in DC says: (8/4/09 3:13 PM)
Others may disagree, Edna, but I am happy with the lack of furniture. Unless designed with this possibility in mind, lots of places to sit means lots of places to sleep, and I would rather not have people camping out/living in the park.


MJM says: (8/4/09 6:16 PM)
Rmember that is just one of the three pieces of the park. That greenhouse cube is supposed to be the part with ice skating and food places (unless I'm wrong on that but it looks like it from the overhead view sketch)


Chris Bryan says: (8/4/09 8:54 PM)
Well cornercopia is open, not sure when it opened, but its open now.


Charlie says: (8/4/09 10:27 PM)
I was watching the Nats game tonight and they talked to senator John Warner and aparently he and some other people rode to the game on the USS sequoia to "the nationals park dock" i assume that means the Diamond Teague Park's pier is open.


rjm says: (8/5/09 9:03 AM)
Yea, doesn't seem like much to the park design. So the plan is to have K and L Streets bisect the park, that stinks, it seems to me that it wouldn't cause much disruption in traffic flow in that area to have the park completely fill those three city blocks between M and I.


J says: (8/5/09 9:23 AM)
anyone else have intel on whether or not cornercopia is officially open?


Chris Bryan says: (8/5/09 9:32 AM)
hmmm, I may have to rescind. Cornercopia was not open this morning. Last night, while walking my dog, I saw the lights on and what looked like an open sign in the door, but I didn't actually go in the store, so they may have just been putting in finishing touches when I thought it was open.


JD says: (8/5/09 9:45 AM)
On Cornercopia, if they do open soon, I'm not sure they'll be selling alcohol right away. No application for a license has been posted on the building as is required, and the ANC has received no notice of an application (and ANCs vote on them before ABRA approves).

Ditto on all of this for the supposed bistro at Velocity.

Oh, and in order to win the free sandwich, i'm gonna want to see a receipt as proof that Cornercopia is really open. :)


James says: (8/5/09 10:38 AM)
The "green" park is not as green as I'd like. I second RJM's comment re K and L streets. Seems awkward to have vehicles rolling through the park.


notalwaysreliable says: (8/5/09 9:03 PM)
Thanks for the shout JD!! I now promise to look your site over 20 times a day instead of 10. In your honor I am changing my screen name to Canalparkstalker.

Hey, I for one love the design of the modern architecture but do agree the park should be as green with trees and grass as possible. Also, love the water features and promote these fully.

Can't wait for construction to start and yes, will report every detail!



J says: (8/6/09 10:16 AM)
When is the actual construction going to start? When will the first piece be complete?


other perspective says: (8/6/09 2:38 PM)
A certain amount of pervious pavement could accommodate storm water management while also ensuring that at least some of the amenitiesin the park , like the pavilion, are accessible to a variety of users.


Justin says: (8/7/09 10:16 AM)
A Soviet Canal Park.

All corporate design forcasts look appealing. But the key to assessing the project's practical use is extracting from the images those things that are unlikely to be present in real life.

Will there really be 45 people lollygagging in the southern concrete square? Happily jaywalking to and fro in the gloaming? No. Most of the time, the park will contain three or four people, with a few dogs chasing Kongs. A concrete basin will make the park feel windswept and desperate. You know the look if you've ever been to an Olympic Park after the Olympics have left town.

Do the fountains cure this? No. The only question for the fountains is where to put the "UNDER REAPIR" signs. Has anybody seen the park up I St, in SW? How often are those fountains actually functioning? What do they look like when not operating? Have you ever seen a human being near them?

And the structures. Egad. These modernist boxes are not "jewels." They're sterile. They look like packing crates, Danish takes on those insidious moving "pods." Nothing about their shape, form, or materials is consistent with DC architectural history - especially the insane plastic yellow wormslides descending from The Middle Box. I can only pray the lucite shingles above these cubes don't really spell out "PLAY" or "BIKE," as if the proles need direction for leisure activities.


J says: (8/7/09 12:09 PM)
Justin, I'm in total agreement with your assessment. This park is going to be an eye sore, unfortunately. Not enough green and way too much concrete. Too bad that doofuses at STUDIOs Architecture have to ruin it before it's even built.


Sophia says: (8/7/09 12:51 PM)
"You know the look if you've ever been to an Olympic Park after the Olympics have left town."

Actually Centennial Park in Atlanta is quite nice. They have fountains that work and lively concerts. And even though there are homeless people in Atlanta, the park isn't desperate at all.


Michael says: (8/7/09 3:48 PM)
Agree with Justin and J


show me the green says: (8/7/09 4:26 PM)
This park needs to merge community/residential needs with commercial needs. With all that concrete, it'll make for some HOT summer days - maybe a tanning deck should be added. As for winter, don't really know who they expect to ice skate outside of area residents. Where are the statues? I thought there was going to be public art.


Carey says: (8/7/09 10:12 PM)
The application for a license has been posted on Cornercopia as of this evening.


Rick says: (8/12/09 9:10 PM)
Justin's comments are right on target. I'd add: what about this park design suggests the historical role of the canal in L'Enfant's design for the city? It seems to reflect the same sterile thinking that allowed the new buildings on the park's west side to face their utilitarian backsides to the park.


Pokey says: (8/21/09 3:34 PM)
I have to say off all the renderings of canal park I have seen to date this is my least favorite. I like the renderings that fatured lots of green space and water features reminiscent of the canal. This design seems boxy and sterile like the office buildings around it.

Just my two pennies

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