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.
Read more about the project:
"Bing in the Burbs," Architect's Newspaper, February 27
"Rebuild of the Blairs will Turn Silver Spring Parking into Parks," Greater Greater Washington, February 15
"Tower Companies Reveals New Blairs Master Plan," Gazette.net, February 14
"Tower Cos. to Launch Major Redevelopment of The Blairs in Silver Spring," Washington Business Journal, February 13