The ten finalists competing in the final phase of the National Mall Design Competition are dreaming big. Proposals to restore the National Mall include flourishing lakeside gardens, contemporary cafés hovering over water, grassy new amphitheaters and underground pavilions exposed at the foot of the Washington Monument. Since the announcement of the finalists, the teams have been refining there proposals behind closed doors. Now, the Trust for the National Mall has released the highly anticipated proposals to the public. From now until Sunday, at the Smithsonian Castle and the National Museum of American History, you can view each proposal in its entirety. If you don’t live in the D.C. area, no need to worry. Continue after the break to catch a glimpse of each submission and learn how you can help the jury decided who will revamp America’s “front yard”.
Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds: Balmori Associates & Work Architecture Company
Constitution Gardens: Andropogon & Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
The winning designs will be selected by a Jury of eight renowned experts from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, community activism, historic preservation, public branding, graphic design and sustainable land use. Each finalist will be judged on the functionality, sustainability and constructability of the proposal and its ability to reflect the “established vision and design influences”. The winning design teams will be announced May 3rd, 2012. All images are courtesy of the Trust for the National Mall.