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Photos: Designers, architects compete to makeover National Mall

Posted Apr 09, 2012

By ctansey

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lakeside gardens, dining rooms hovering over water, grassy new amphitheaters and underground pavilions at the foot of the Washington Monument have emerged as finalists in a design competition to overhaul neglected sites on the National Mall.

Designers and architects are dreaming big for a chance to improve America’s “front yard.” One vision calls for a garden “museum without walls” in a place called Constitution Gardens. Another would “peel up” the landscape of the Washington Monument to reveal a large structure below ground with a theater and visitor amenities. Read full story
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