Washington, D.C., November 22, 2013 – Nerds in NoMa, a new speaker series, kicks off Tuesday, December 3 with a powerhouse panel including Harriet Tregoning from the DC Office of Planning, verdeHOUSE’s Morgan Greenhouse and BicycleSPACE’s Erik Kugler. Tuesday’s event from 6-8 PM will focus on temporary urbanism and creating better cities with the lighter, quicker, cheaper approach. Bring your happy hour crowd for a few drinks and learn something new from the city’s top experts. Food and libations will be available for purchase from Ravioli Revolution and Union Kitchen starting at 5 PM. RSVP for this free event at www.NerdsintheLobby.com. The free speaker series features six nights of nerdery this winter that will explore beekeeping, local brewing and more.
The location for this discussion is apropos: the Nerds in NoMa event takes place in the Lobby Project, a three-month pop-up activation at 1200 First Street, NE, that was the brainchild of Harriet Tregoning. The project incorporates furniture, art and programming to create a comfortable, cool space to hang out and connect; it was funded by the Office of Planning and the NoMa BID. The Lobby Project launched November 14 with an art opening for local artist Gabriel Mellan. Excited art-lovers enjoyed poking the engaging sound sculpture, entitled Heptachord, and viewing Gabriel’s extensive paper installation. The project features three shows curated by Washington Project for the Arts. Gabriel’s work will be on display through December 8, and Amanda Burnham’s locally inspired art show will open December 12.
The Lobby Project is also buzzing weekday mornings: get your caffeine jolt and breakfast treat at the morning café. Each weekday from 8-11 AM, Uncle Chip’s Cookies will offer coffee, muffins, shortbreads, vegan treats and a variety of savory and sweet baked goods for purchase in the lobby.
Special thank you to Principal Financial Group, Polinger Shannon & Luchs and NoMa design firm Ayers Saint Gross who donated their services and resources to create a beautiful and inviting space at the corner of First and M Streets, NE. Other partners include the DC Office of Planning, Uncle Chip’s Cookies, Interface, Washington Project for the Arts, and Union Kitchen.
NoMa is a vibrant, growing neighborhood north of Union Station and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. In the last seven years, private developers have invested more than $5 billion in the 35-block area within the NoMa BID boundary, and have plans to develop more than 20 million square feet of additional office, residential, hotel, and retail space. With the capital investment of $50 million from the District government, NoMa will soon have great new parks and public spaces as well. NoMa is now home to 40,000 daytime workers, with 4.5 million SF of office space leased in the last 5 years. More than 3,900 apartments have been recently completed or are under construction. NoMa has 13 modes of transportation, including two Red Line Metro stops, and the best biking facilities in D.C., with the East Coast’s only Bikestation, the 8-mile Metropolitan Branch Trail, and access to six Capital Bikeshare stations. NoMa is the most connected neighborhood in Washington, D.C. The NoMa BID organizes more than 50 free award-winning community events each year, connecting more than 20,000 friends and neighbors. For more information about NoMa, visit nomabid.wpengine.com and sign up for our bimonthly newsletter. Follow us on Twitter @NoMaBID and like us on Facebook.
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