Washington DC

A Way Around the Eisenhower Memorial Impasse

Whatever has been going on in the design process for the Eisenhower Memorial so far, significant public participation has been missing.

After more than a decade of planning, the future of the presidential memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower, at least as conceived by architect Frank Gehry, is no longer certain. In September, the National Capital Planning Commission declined for the second time to review Gehry’s design; construction cannot begin without its approval. This is the latest in a series of setbacks…

Inside DC’s Design Charette for Teens

During week two of the teen design charette for Washington DC’s 11th Street recreational bridge, students learned the history of the project and began sketching/modeling.

During week two of the teen design charette for Washington DC’s 11th Street recreational bridge, students learned the history of the project and began sketching/modeling.

The Not-So-Hidden Agenda Against Gehry’s DC Memorial

The project may become a victim in a culture war, where ideas like Modernism, abstraction, and uncertainty are perceived as products of “liberal elites.

Images courtesy Eisenhower Memorial Commission This morning I received a breathless (as in, accusatory! alarming!) press release from an organization called the National Civic Art Society. They’re the Washington-based group that’s orchestrated much of the opposition to Frank Gehry’s proposed design for the Eisenhower Memorial. “National Civic Art Society Calls Attention to Conspicuous Gap in the Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s Meeting Minutes,”…

Krier: Gehry’s Eisenhower Memorial Is an “Anti-Monument”

Leon Krier condemns the controversial memorial design and sees a change to put an end to the decades-long "disfiguring" of the nation's capital.

Early design of the memorial Memorial design images courtesy Gehry Partners The Eisenhower Memorial competition and project have stirred a remarkable polemic, the center of which is not President Eisenhower or Washington, D.C. but Frank Gehry and the values he promulgates. I am writing not as an enemy of Mr. Gehry but as a lover of what the nation’s capital for two centuries…