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Tod Williams and Billie Tsien: Design Process and Practice
Tod Williams, FAIA, and Billie Tsien, FAIA, founders of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, which received the AIA Architecture Firm Award for 2013 speak at the National Building Museum as part of the Spotlight on Design lecture series on July 24. In anticipation of that event, senior curator Martin Moeller recently interviewed the pair via email.
July 1, 2014
A Brief History of Mazes
What exactly is a maze? What have mazes been used for throughout history? How have mazes been used in pop culture? Brush up on your maze trivia before visiting the BIG Maze, a large-scale maze in the Museum's Great Hall.
July 1, 2014
SHoP Talk
The National Building Museum's vice president for education discusses SHoP Architect's recent projects and design philosophy.
June 3, 2014
An Interview with Designing for Disaster Curator
Designing for Disaster, the National Building Museum's newest exhibition, opens May 11. The exhibition investigates how we can build communities that are safer and more disaster resilient, through stories, video, objects, and interactive tools from around the nation. National Building Museum Online sat down with Museum curator Chrysanthe Broikos and her team, Christine Canabou and Caitlin Bristol, to hear what they learned while preparing the exhibition.
May 6, 2014
Hurricane Mitigation
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 39% of the nation's population lived in counties directly on the shoreline in 2010 and that population is projected to increase by an additional 10 million people, or 8% by 2020. This means that more people, property and infrastructure will be exposed to the impact of hurricanes.
May 6, 2014
Fossils in Architecture
Christopher Barr is a lawyer who has lived in Washington, D.C. since 1979 and has gotten to know the city in an unusual way: through discovering public fossils in the city's architecture.
April 2, 2014
Cool & Collected (Literally)
Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions, a new exhibition highlighting items from the National Building Museum's collection, features objects representing many different facets of the built environment. Get a preview of some of the fascinating objects before the exhibition opens Saturday, March 8.
March 4, 2014
Artist, Donor, and Member
The largest group of objects featured in the Museum's exhibition Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions comes from the studio of architect and sculptor Raymond Kaskey. His influence on the Museum goes beyond providing significant works, he has long been a member and supporter.
March 4, 2014
Places to Flourish
The design of generative space in healthcare facilities is a key factor in an emerging culture of healthcare focused on wellness. But what exactly is "generative space"? Tama Duffy Day, director of health and wellness at Gensler and one of our panelists, explains.
February 4, 2014
The Local Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley
A new exhibition, The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, opening at the Museum this month showcases a selection of newly commissioned photographs of projects by Dan Kiley, one of the most important and influential Modernist landscape architects of the 20th century. The Cultural Landscape Foundation, the organization that created the traveling exhibition, shares some of Kiley's lesser-known works in the Washington, D.C. area.
February 4, 2014

 

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