The National Mall in Washington, D.C., has held an important place in the American psyche since the early nineteenth century. Home to monuments and museums dedicated to the ideals upon which the United States rests, the Mall serves as a gathering place for public protest and celebration. But as the nation ages and the population diversifies, demands for additional structures and uses have sparked debates over the Mall's future and the necessity of preserving its legacy and the vision of its designers.
The National Mall addresses these issues with a novel and compelling collection of essays, the work of leading design professionals, historians, and social scientists. Supplemented by eye-catching illustrations and photographs, this cross-disciplinary examination follows the discussion over the Mall's design and use, from its conceptual origins as part of Pierre Charles L'Enfant's vision for the capital to the 1902 McMillan Plan to the present day and beyond. It assesses how architectural, societal, and political changes have altered the park-like space between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial and explores the influence that disparate interest groups and creeping corporatism have already had on-and are likely to exert upon-America's public square.
The National Mall presents an overarching account of how a democratic society plans, creates, and expands a national ceremonial space, opening the way for a broadly based inquiry into the Mall as it was, is, and will become. Urban planners, architectural and design historians, and engaged citizens will be challenged and well served by the thoughtful essays collected by Nathan Glazer and Cynthia R. Field.
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 885 g
Dimensions: 254 x 203 x 21 mm
The scope of this volume is such as to encompass every major development during more than a century, from planning for the re-use of an open field to today's political maneuvering. -- Steve Goddard * History Wire - Where the Past Comes Alive *
Collection of essays by a number of Mall-savvy authors fully explores the Mall's past, present and potential future, identifying problems and opportunities. -- Rober K. Lewis * Washington Post *
The eclectic mix of essays brings together the work of historians, anthropologists, sociologists, poets, planners, and advocates who seek to 'rethink' the past and future of the Natural Mall. The collection offers some intriguing insights. -- Daniel Kerr * H-Urban, H-Net Reviews *
This publication succeeds admirably in interpreting the Mall for nonexperts and alerting those with responsibility for it to the serious threats it faces. * Choice *