The Urban Design section both leads and collaborates on a variety of different projects and initiatives. The following are some of the sector plans, forecasts, presentations and other special projects in progress or recently completed.
Summer 2019 | This project involves the redesign and replacement of the original pedestrian bridge linking the former Ballston Common Mall and Ballston Metro. This is a collaborative effort between studioTECHNE, the Forest City project team, County staff and the Public Art Committee.
Ongoing | We prepare regular estimates and forecasts of population, employment and housing statistics to assist with the planning and development process. We also contribute data to Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Cooperative Forecasting Program.
Historical Report of the Pentagon City PDSP – 1976-2018
Feb. 2018 | A comprehensive review of the Pentagon City Phased Development Site Plan (PDSP) over the past 40 years, including all County Board actions related to land use and density allocations.
Part 1 | Part 2
June 2017 | The Plan provides guidance on streetscape elements (furnishings), an approach for implementation and a prototype design for a parklet – a publicly accessible deck platform that serves as an extension of the sidewalk.
August 2016 | Over the course of two days, County staff constructed a pop-up plaza under the Soldier’s Tree at Courthouse Plaza in place of relocated handicapped parking spaces.
Watch the video
May 2016 | A grassroots planning effort led by community leaders paved the way for a community-wide visioning process and the recently published Lee Highway Visioning Study.
Sept. 2015 | This long-range plan will guide the development of a new civic center and public destination for Arlington over the next several decades. The plan proposes ten “big ideas,” which include moving parking underground, central metro access, a 21st century civic square and more.
March 2015 | This demographics presentation answers several questions, including why school enrollment is increasing, whether new multi-family housing and committed affordable housing developments are affecting school enrollment, and more. Watch the video (Part 1 | Part 2)