Smithsonian’s $2 billion redevelopment plan, designed by BIG, comes under fire

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r1/r1ctb0g1e7j59nq1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r1/r1ctb0g1e7j59nq1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r1/r1ctb0g1e7j59nq1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r1/r1ctb0g1e7j59nq1.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />It's been just over three years since the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/113597893/smithsonian-hires-big-architecture-group-for-2-billion-south-mall-renovation-plan" rel="nofollow" >Smithsonian Institute announced their massive, 2-billion-dollar redevelopment plans</a>. Designed by <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" >BIG</a>, the intended overhaul includes a renovation of the Smithsonian castle, expanded visitor services, a new courtyard and mall-facing entrances and walkways to improve visibility and accessibility. In addition, the plans also call for a bold change to the Enid A. Haupt Garden, a 4.2 acre public garden which would be demolished in Ingels' vision in order to raise its edges 30 feet in the air.
Civic organizations, garden enthusiasts and historic preservation groups have spent two years fighting these plans. Upset by the overhaul, back in April, the D.C. Historic Preservation Board got the Smithsonian Quadrangle to be listed as a historic district in the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites, though that designation does not actually grant any legal protections to the Smithsonian's four buildings or Enid A. Haupt Garden. However, opponents to the pr...

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