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Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey
The National Building Museum has the rare privilege of exhibiting a collection of original drawings by Andrea Palladio (1508-80), widely regarded as the western world’s most significant architect. In this interview, Calder Loth, senior architectural historian with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, traces Palladio’s influence on American architecture.
September 23, 2010
LEGO® Architecture: An Interview with the Master Architect
The exhibition LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition features 15 large-scale models of some of the most famous buildings in the world. The models were made by Adam Reed Tucker, a Chicago architect who is one of only 11 LEGO Certified Professionals in the world. In this interview with Mr. Tucker her discusses how he came to work with LEGO bricks and how he learns from his model-making activities.
July 22, 2010
Investigating Where We Live
The Museum empowers teens to become agents of change in their city through design, urban planning, and photography. Teens attending this summer’s Investigating Where We Live (IWWL) program experienced this opportunity through sharing their perspectives on Washington, D.C. using the lens of photography and exhibition design.
July 21, 2010
Enroll in Architecture 101
The Three Movements series serves as a sort of “Architecture 101” introduction to various types of architecture. The summer 2010 Three Movements series highlights: Gothic Revival, Brutalism, and Postmodernism.
July 21, 2010
An American Palazzo
In 1881, when the federal government commissioned General Montgomery C. Meigs to design a new headquarters for the Pension Bureau, few people could have imagined that the military engineer would produce a version of an Italian Renaissance palace. This article reveals that, while the Pension Building—now the National Building Museum—certainly owed a debt to Renaissance Rome, it was nonetheless an innovative design bearing the personal stamp of Meigs. This article is part of an ongoing series celebrating the National Building Museum and its origins in recognition of the Museum’s 30th anniversary.
June 18, 2010
Reimagining New York’s Waterfront
In this interview, Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and 2010 L’Enfant Lecture on Urban Planning and Design speaker, discusses MoMA’s new exhibition Rising Currents. The exhibition features design concepts from five interdisciplinary teams of designers that re-envision the coastlines around New York Harbor with adaptive infrastructures that are sympathetic to the needs of a sound ecology.
June 18, 2010
The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts: 100 Years of Guiding Design in the Federal City
Mary Konsoulis, curator of Century of Design: The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, 1910-2010 discusses the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts impact on three major developments that have helped to define the architectural culture of the city.
May 12, 2010
Interview with Daniel Libeskind
Interview with 2010 Charles H. Atherton Memorial lecture speaker Daniel Libeskind about his experience designing monuments such as the proposed World Trade Center Memory Gardens and museums like the Jewish Museum in Berlin and how he approaches the architectural expression of commemoration.
May 12, 2010
Civic Innovator: U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is being honored for its role as a civic innovator along with design firm Perkins+Will and the founders of New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village. In this interview, Richard King, director of the Solar Decathlon discusses the creation and evolution of the Solar Decathlon.
April 15, 2010
The 10 Contests in the 2011 Solar Decathlon
Details on the evolution of the 10 contests in the Solar Decathlon and the final contests for the 2011 Solar Decathlon.
April 15, 2010


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