Characteristic of the 1950s and '60s in which it was built, The Blairs development in Silver Spring, Maryland, features a distinctly suburban pattern of large buildings amid parking lots. But suburban sensibilities have drastically changed in recent years—and the The Blairs will soon follow suit.
Revealed last month by Tower Companies, the Sasaki/Bing Thom redevelopment plan creates a bold new vision for The Blairs. The plan defines a mixed-use, transit-oriented neighborhood that connects to the regional park system and downtown Silver Spring. The design is complex and varied, "bring[ing] the feel, scale, and overlap of uses that is more akin to an organically evolved city," explains Sasaki principal in charge Alan Ward, whose landscape and urban design in the DC area also includes The Avenue and the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool.
The new Blairs will provide the vibrancy and convenience of urban life, as well as walkability and sustainable solutions to support the health of the area's growing population and the land itself.
The Blairs development in Silver Spring, Maryland, was initially conceived and built by Tower Companies in the 1950s and '60s. Characteristic of its time, the 27-acre development features a distinctly...