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Should DC Have a Skyline? The Impact of Building Heights in Cities

by Borderstan.com February 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

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Should DC have a talller skyline? (Luis Gomez

Should DC have a skyline?

The conversation over the height of buildings in the District has been a contested issue since 1910 when the federal government issued the Height of Buildings Act, which limits the city’s vertical growth.

However, some argue that this law not only restricts the growth of DC’s skyline, it also limits DC’s potential economic growth.

March 5 Panel Discussion

On Tuesday, March 5, the National Capital Planning Commission is hosting a panel of international experts who will discuss the role governments play in managing building height in capital cities. The meeting at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater (700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW) from 7 to 9 pm will also “examine strategies to balance city character and economic vitality.”

The panel includes:

  • Jurgen Bruns-Berentelg, Berlin/Hamburg, CEO of HafenCity and former manager of Berlin’s Sony Center.
  • François Dagnaud, Paris, Mayor of the 19th arrondissement and former deputy mayor.
  • Robert Tavernor, London, Architect, urbanist, and historian involved with key London development sites.
  • John Worthington, London, Principal, DEGW Architects, and visiting professor, University of Sheffield.
  • Gary Hack, U.S., Professor emeritus of city & regional planning, University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited to first-come, first-serve. For more information, visit the event’s website.

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