Update and Upcoming

The project team has been busy meeting with stakeholders and continuing to gather data. These initial conversations with local partners enrich the project and will provide valuable information moving forward.

In the meantime, ASLA staff are happy to participate in the 6th annual OWL Summit. This gathering brings together water leaders, sustainability directors, transportation, parks and recreation officials, as well as business leaders, non-profit organizations, and U.S. EPA regulators to rethink and repair our communities for water sustainability.


Planning to participate in the summit? Make sure you attend the session that will highlight ASLA’s Green Street Project: Not Paving the Right of Way in DC’s Chinatown

Thursday, August 27
1:00 pm

In the nation’s capital, small-scale green infrastructure projects are popping up across the city – helping to reduce combine sewer overflows, and improve water quality outputs in the Anacostia and Potomac rivers watersheds. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is working to implement a green street demonstration project in the DC’s Chinatown neighborhood. This panel will preview ASLA’s Chinatown Green Streets demonstration project and the impact of these kinds of projects in addressing water management issues.

Don Winsett, Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition

Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, American Society of Landscape Architects
Mami Hara, ASLA, Philadelphia Water Department
Kevin Robert Perry, ASLA, Urban Rain/Design, Portland, Oregon

For more information about the Summit, visit the One Water Leadership Summit webpage.

NBM Presentation


Project presentation at the National Building Museum. Images: ASLA

As part of National Landscape Architecture Month, the National Building Museum (NBM) invited the Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project to present during a lunchtime presentation, as a part of their Smart Growth lecture series. Deborah Steinberg, ASLA, representing the client, and Steven Spears, ASLA, representing the design team, explained to the audience how the Green Street project aims to become a world-class model for green, complete, and smart streets. The presentation was given to a full room and a lively session of question and answer followed the 40-minute presentation.


Presentation Q & A session. Image: ASLA