Who
What
Where
Urban Interventions We Admire
Institutions + Collectives That Inspire Us

 

Who

The Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground (ACDU) is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) working to transform the unused Dupont Circle trolley station into an institution highlighting the District’s rightful place on the cultural map.

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What

When fully built out, the Dupont Underground will encompass the 75,000 s.f. of transit infrastructure beneath Dupont Circle that served Washington as a trolley station from 1949 until 1963. Our objectives for the space:

  1. Create a unique, centrally located venue for exhibitions and events.
  2. Provide a democratic space for community groups, educators, and entrepreneurs.
  3. Develop an institution that brings wider attention to the District’s arts and design culture.
  4. Strengthen the social networks that patronize the arts and inform business interests in the city, the region, and across the nation.
  5. Return a long-abandoned space back to the public realm.

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Where

Located in Washington’s northwest quadrant, Dupont Circle is part of Pierre L’Enfant’s original design for the nation’s capital. Among the city’s most popular neighborhoods, it marks the intersection of two major thoroughfares — Connecticut Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue — and sits atop the Metro system’s Red Line.

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Urban Interventions We Admire

  • The Highline, New York City A blocks-long section of elevated train tracks, once a nuisance, is now a magnet for institutions, businesses, and pedestrians.
  • Alvéole 14, Saint-Nazaire A World War II submarine base on the coast of western France is converted into a public space for contemporary arts and music.
  • 11th Street Bridge Park, D.C. Transforming an old bridge across the Anacostia River into the city’s first elevated park: a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education, and the arts.
  • Zollverein, Essen A German mining complex shut down in 1986 gets world-class architecture for public spaces, museums, education, and business.
  • Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Sydney A dilapidated underground reservoir in Australia’s largest city is converted into a sunken garden for community and cultural activities.
  • The Lowline, New York City A plan to use innovative solar technology to turn a historic trolley terminal on the Lower East Side into an underground park.

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Institutions + Collectives That Inspire Us

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