Tidal Basin Ideas Lab

Co-curated with Thomas Mellins

This online exhibition showcased proposals from five landscape architecture firms – DLANDstudio, GGN, Hood Design Studio, James Corner Field Operations, and Reed Hilderbrand – that reimagine the future of the iconic Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. Now endangered, the Basin is home to monuments including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, as well as 3,000 cherry trees that serve as the backdrop for a popular festival each spring. Comprised of newly commissioned films, digital animations, and photographs, the exhibition invited the public to explore the histories and challenges of the Tidal Basin and share feedback on ideas for the evolution of this important American landscape.


Coverage on National Public Radio, architecturalrecord.com, architecturaldigest.com, and fastcompany.com


Co-curator: Thomas Mellins
Web designer: MGMT.design
Web developer: Gordils & Willis

Cool Is Everywhere

This book was a photographic survey of adaptive reuse design in 14 mid-sized American cities that have experienced dramatic revivals, including Richmond, Virginia; Oakland, California; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Albrecht’s introduction explored how the vibrancy of today’s smaller cities rests not only on broad cultural and economic factors, but also on three particular features: the preservation of historic buildings and places; the reclamation of degraded landscapes; and the fostering of small-sale industries described by hip city-dwellers as “maker culture.”

Photographer: Michel Arnaud
Writers: Michel Arnaud with Jane Creech
Designer: Danielle Youngsmith