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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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True or False: Given a level ground or sloped terrain, wildfires will take the high road.


May 11, 2014
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What flood damage prevention strategy is more about letting water in than keeping it out?


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


May 11, 2014
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True or False: Weather influences the shaking you feel in an earthquake.


May 11, 2014
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True or False: Tornadoes form when opposites collide—cold, dry air meets warm, humid air.


May 11, 2014
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True or False: Living behind a levee completely eliminates your home's risk of flooding.


May 11, 2014
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How far out from your house should you take steps to reduce fire risk?


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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Which building form is safest in an earthquake?


May 11, 2014
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True or False: Given a level ground or sloped terrain, wildfires will take the high road.


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


May 11, 2014
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Recent Audio Recordings

 

Bio-architecture

Architecture 101
August 16, 2014
Bio-architecture demonstrates the growing influence of nature in Western buildings through the predominance of organic, nature-inspired patterns and shapes. Ruth Connell, AIA explains this unusual philosophy of architecture, exemplified by the work of architects like Antoni Gaudí and Santiago Calatrava.
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Traditional Japanese Architecture

Architecture 101
August 9, 2014
Mira Locher, FAIA, LEED AP discusses why thick, thatched roofs, rough mud-plaster walls, and precisely woven tatami mats are grounded within the natural environment and culture of Japan.
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Spotlight on Design: Tod Williams Billie Tsien

Spotlight on Design
July 24, 2014
The built work of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien is grounded in Modernism, but tempered by a rich sense of materiality. The founding principals of New York-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) discuss their notable work, which includes the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. TWBTA won the 2013 Firm Award given by the American Institute of Architects.
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Spotlight on Design: SHoP

Spotlight on Design
June 4, 2014
Coren Sharples, AIA, a founding principal of the New York-based architecture firm SHoP, presents the studio's recent work, which includes Brooklyn's new Barclays Center Arena and the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gaborone.
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