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The National Building Museum has an extensive library of audio and video recordings of lectures, award ceremonies, and more events presented at the Museum. Take a tour of local green places or the Museum's exhibitions. You can also listen to audio from hundreds of lectures.

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Why Scaffolding?


March 6, 2015
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Danish Expo Pavilion Timelapse


January 29, 2015
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Spotlight on Design: 11th Street Bridge Park

Spotlight on Design
January 8, 2015
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Kurt Andersen and Charlie Rose

Vincent Scully Prize
November 19, 2014
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Charlie Rose Accepts the Vincent Scully Prize

Vincent Scully Prize
November 18, 2014
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True or False: Weather influences the shaking you feel in an earthquake.


May 11, 2014
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Which building form is safest in an earthquake?


May 11, 2014
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True or False: It only takes one ember to set a house ablaze.


May 11, 2014
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True or False: A building can strengthen its resistance to the ground by separating itself from it.


May 11, 2014
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What are the three conditions required for fire to burn?


May 11, 2014
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Which roof shape best stands up to the fiercest gale?


May 11, 2014
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Why might an older brick building be X-braced?


May 11, 2014
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Newport Mansions

Architecture 101
July 26, 2015
Newport County, Rhode Island, one of the most historically intact cities in North America, is home to fourteen historic properties and landscapes, of which seven are National Historic Landmarks. Trudy Coxe, CEO and executive director of The Preservation Society of Newport County, discusses the “Newport Mansions,” which represent three centuries of America’s architectural, social, and landscape history.
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The Sea Ranch

Architecture 101
July 19, 2015
Recently having celebrated its 50th anniversary, the Sea Ranch development in coastal Sonoma County, California, is internationally known for its distinctive architecture and ecologically-sensitive land planning. Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA, Eva Li Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California at Berkeley and chair of The Sea Ranch Association Commons Landscape Committee, discusses the unique aspects of this development.
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Kennedy Street NW: A Vision for Inclusive Development

Smart Growth
June 23, 2015
Is revitalization without gentrification possible? In Washington, D.C., new development and investment has followed a familiar pattern for the last two decades, with neighborhoods getting younger, wealthier, and whiter. Kennedy Street NW appears next in line for this fate. The Kennedy Street Development Association (KSDA) is a diverse all-volunteer group committed to the street’s comeback, but in a way that benefits everyone. Myles G. Smith, KSDA volunteer, presents the community-oriented revitalization plan for an inclusive hometown main street.
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Restoring our Rivers - Part 3: Tommy Wells

D.C. Builds
June 18, 2015
The Potomac and Anacostia rivers have suffered years of raw sewage contamination due to combined sewer overflows. In order to address the issue, the city has begun constructing the first of two massive underground tunnels that will contain and transfer the contaminated runoff to the Blue Plains water treatment plant. Panelists discuss the planning and engineering challenges of the tunnel projects, which is the largest tunneling effort in the District since the Metrorail system was built, as well as city-wide efforts to install green infrastructure projects, such as rain gardens and green roofs. Panelists include: Carlton Ray, director, Clean Rivers Project, DC Water, Tommy Wells, director, District Department of the Environment and Benjamin Tauber, RLA, LEED Green, ASLA, senior associate, Lee and Associates, Inc.. Moderated by Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator, National Building Museum.
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