Washington, DC hosts an extensive network of alleys unanticipated by the city’s planners. L’Enfant’s modulated grid, scaled to accommodate the monumental, has historically necessitated a subdivision to accommodate the quotidian needs of the city. Alleyways responded to the urban pressures of the 19th Century, only to be systematically neglected during the 20th Century, and have not since been optimized.
The Washington Alley project examines DC’s informal alley network as a viable site for new modes of urban living, presenting the city with
an opportunity to adapt to future and social and technological change without sacrificing the city’s unique architectural heritage.