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National Building Museum Online Recent Articles

Aspiring to Beauty
Curator G. Martin Moeller, Jr. continues his series on the exhibition Unbuilt Washington with a look at a attempts to aggrandize the capital city and focus on its beautification.
January 10, 2012
The Man Behind the Best Museum Shop in Washington
We interviewed Michael Higdon, the manager of the National Building Museum Shop, often described as the best museum shop in the Washington, D.C.
December 6, 2011
The Problem of Memorials
G. Martin Moeller, Jr., curator of the exhibition Unbuilt Washington, describes "The Problem of Memorials," using the Washington Monument as a case in point. The structure’s magnificent simplicity belies its tortured history. Monuments and memorials often generate public controversy and elicit impassioned proposals from designers.
December 6, 2011
What Should a Capitol Look Like
In this 4-part series, G. Martin Moeller, Jr, curator of Unbuilt Washington, comments on proposals for a few of the city’s prominent buildings and sites.
November 3, 2011
Beloved Children’s Author Gives Advice to Parents of Budding Architects
National Building Museum Online sat down with author Anna Isabel to discuss her work and her advice for the parents of budding architects.
November 3, 2011
Legend Has It the Museum’s Haunted
For a few nights each fall, the National Building Museum becomes the Otherworldly Building Museum by offering tours of its building led by a ghost. Equipped only with a lantern, participants explore the Museum’s eerie sights after hours.
October 4, 2011
The Shimmering Village
The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses. Teams of decathletes spend two years preparing for this event—a live competition where their solar houses are run through a battery of tests—proving the affordability, efficiency, and viability of solar home technologies.
October 4, 2011
Grace La and James Dallman: A Hunger to Build
National Building Museum Online contributor Andrew Caruso interviewed Grace La and James Dallman in advance of their Spotlight on Design lecture.
September 6, 2011
An Interview with Bob the Builder™
Bob the Builder will be live and on stage at the 2011 Big Build festival. A favorite known to kids and families everywhere, Bob the Builder recently granted the National Building Museum a rare interview and a glimpse into what’s in store for his day at the Museum.
September 6, 2011
Reprise: Twin Towers Remembered
In the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks, the National Building Museum collaborated with an acclaimed documentarian to present the exhibition Twin Towers Remembered: A Selection of Camilo José Vergara’s Photographs (November 10, 2001–March 10, 2002). On the tenth anniversary of that tragic event, we revisit some of Vergara’s most moving images.
September 6, 2011


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