The National Coalition to Save Our Mall originated the idea for the National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds in our 2009 “Renewing American Democracy on the 3rd Century Mall” report. Our purpose was to encourage the American public to learn about Mall history and propose creative ideas for re-imagining the unfinished 65-acre open space around the great obelisk as the Mall centerpiece it was intended to be.
Over a two year period, from 2010 to 2012, we participated as a sponsor, along with the George Washington University and other universities and educational institutions in the Ideas Competition. More than 500 people from all across the country and around the world participated, some as young as 12 years old. From a field of twenty-four semifinalists, a distinguished jury chose six top ideas. The public chose the top two People’s Choice winners.
To learn more about the sponsors, juries, and open competition process, and to view all the submissions and winners, please visit the website http://www.wamocompetition.org/.
The Competition two-jury process and the semi-finalist and winning designs were displayed in two public exhibitions, one titled “Someday in the Park with George” and curated by students in the Museum Studies program at George Washington University for the Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, and the other curated by the Competition Steering Committee for the AIA/DC offices in Washington. A brochure contained essays on various aspects of the Competition.