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Alley Exploration Event

October 6, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for an interactive self-guided tour of some of Capitol Hill’s most intriguing historic alleys! Using temporary wayfinding graphics, EL Studio will curate a walkable path between three alleys selected for their unique physical conditions and their proximity.  Starting from ‘home base’ on F Street Terrace, SE, the tour will wind its way through Archibald Walk, Ellen Wilson Place and 3 ½ Place, SE.  This fun and immersive event will encourage participants to explore DC’s unique alley housing types and how they have evolved through the years.  Alley Hoppers will be equipped with maps and View-Master reels loaded with imagery highlighting specific moments in the alleys’ history overlaid with drawings and collages that demonstrate potential future architectural and infrastructural interventions. The visuals will provoke conversation, imagination and response and we want to hear your thoughts about what you see along the way.  Grab a set of our ‘low-res virtual reality goggles’ and get hopping!  Then come back to home base, enjoy refreshments, and share your feedback on EL Studio’s Washington Alley Project.

Self-guided tours will depart from the 528 F Street Terrace SE meeting point every 15-20 minutes during the event. This is a drop in and out even, so you may arrive between 1:30-3:00pm to begin a self-guided tour.

This event is free and open to the public.

Register for this event here!

WAP: the Washington Alley Project – Research, Urban Design and Public Space Advocacy: This project by EL Studio 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 social and technological change without sacrificing the city’s unique architectural heritage.

EL Studio PLLC, an award-winning architecture and design firm, specializes in building finely-crafted, innovative structures within challenging constraints. EL Studio eagerly takes on complex problems and strives for the creative use of techniques and materials to develop resolutions unique to the problems and potential posed in each project. EL Studio collaborates with design partners to provide maximum benefit to clients. Not satisfied with the purely theoretical, EL builds what they draw, realizing designs that will enhance the way people utilize space now and adapt to meet future needs.

Elizabeth Emerson’s architectural interests spring from the social and cultural. A native of the Washington DC area, Elizabeth’s research in design has engaged issues of social and environmental sustainability, individual and collective identity, and privatization. She has taught at several institutions, most recently in the graduate Urban Practice concentration at Catholic University School of Architecture and Planning.

Mark Lawrence’s architectural interests stem from the place where he lives and works. The alley-based studio in Washington DC serves as a testbed for researching a variety of scales from questioning urban infrastructural issues to materiality and detail. As a board member of the Washington Architecture Foundation, Mark works to expand the education and action of architecture to underserved areas in the Washington region.


October 6, 2019
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm


528 F Street Terrace SE
528 F Street Terrace SE
Washington, DC 20003 United States
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