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LEGO® Architecture Survives the Quake
Photos of building models in the LEGO® Architecture exhibition, which suffered minor damage from the 8/23/2011 earthquake.
August 26, 2011
State-of-the-Art Technology Applied to Architecture’s History
Find out how demand for a certain set of blueprints drove progress in the Museum’s efforts to digitize some of our most precious—and fragile—objects.
July 19, 2011
Three Movements in Architecture Returns
Gothic Revival. Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School. The Glass Box. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about these architectural styles, you can at the National Building Museum.
June 13, 2011
June 6 Forum Explores Intelligent Cities
On Monday, June 6, join a day-long forum on Intelligent Cities with the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, White House officials, TIME journalists, architects, IBM Smarter Cities experts, urban planners, technologists, and cutting-edge thinkers from MIT to the tiny town of Manor, Texas.
May 25, 2011
Women of Architecture
National Building Museum Online spoke to Annabelle Selldorf about her background, design process, and role as a female architect in a male-dominated profession.
March 17, 2011
Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière
Learn about prominent artist Hildreth Meière in an excerpt from the exhibition catalogue Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière.
March 17, 2011
Balancing Historic Preservation and Sustainability in Federal Buildings
NBM Online recently interviewed Eleni Reed, GSA’s chief greening officer, who will be a panelist for the March 24 For the Greener Good program, along with Anna Dyson, director of the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology run by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Brendan Owens, vice president for LEED technical development at the U.S. Green Building Council.
February 16, 2011
The Line of Least Resistance
In many ways Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s—now on view at the National Building Museum—is an exhibition about exhibiting. The designers and architects whose work is explored in the Museum were engaged in a decade-long project whose legacies are with us today. That project revolved around the question and its often successful resolution of how, in the midst of the Great Depression, to assure the American public of the certainty of a brighter tomorrow. In part, their answer was to present an image of industry and industrial production that was visionary not only in the future it foretold characterized by the proliferation of affordable, available, commercial products and services, but also in the design strategies deployed to turn ideas and concepts into visitor experiences.
November 18, 2010
Peter Bohlin, FAIA: Designing the Seemingly Inevitable
Peter Bohlin, FAIA, founding principal of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, joins the National Building Museum on October 19 for the Spotlight on Design lecture series. Humble yet decisive, innovative yet respectful of the value of tradition, Bohlin has produced a substantial body of timeless works. National Building Museum Online contributor Andrew Caruso met with Bohlin to discuss his approach to design.
September 23, 2010
Building the Next Generation
The National Building Museum continues to celebrate its 30th Anniversary with a special series in National Building Museum Online. This month, we’re proud to feature an interview with a former student of two Museum outreach programs: the Design Apprenticeship Program and Investigating Where We Live. Claire Lorman is now a junior at Savannah College of Art and Design studying Industrial Design. Recently we sat down with Claire to learn more about how the Museum’s programs impacted her life.
September 23, 2010


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