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Architects Discuss Cutting Edge L.A. Design at National Building Museum
December 11, 2013
This winter, the National Building Museum’s premier lecture series, Spotlight on Design, "turns up the heat" by focusing on contemporary L.A. design. The Museum presents a series of three talks in conjunction with Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990, an exhibition tracing Los Angeles’ transformation into an internationally recognized design destination.

CityVision, Fall 2013
December 3, 2013
During the fall 2013 CityVision semester, students from Raymond Education Campus and Takoma Education Campus explored the city and learned about urban design. In collaboration with the Forest City Washington and local design professionals, students investigated and analyzed underused land in the Navy Yard neighborhood. They will present their creative plans for creating a denser and more active community.

November 22, 2013
First Lady Michelle Obama will present the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to Investigating Where We Live, a teen program at the National Building Museum, which will be recognized for its effectiveness in developing learning and life skills in young people by engaging them in the arts and humanities.

National Building Museum Honors Lean Construction Institute
November 21, 2013
The National Building Museum and Turner Construction Company present the 11th Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction to Lean Construction Institute.

Learn about Healthy, Greener Schools
November 14, 2013
The National Building Museum hosts a film screening and panel discussion that explore ways to make schools greener.

School Siting and Community Growth
November 13, 2013
Well designed and thoughtfully located school buildings can enhance educational outcomes for children, support a variety of community and neighborhood goals, and impact the quality of our environment. Matthew Dalbey, director of the Federal and State Division in the Office of Sustainable Communities at the Environmental Protection Agency, discusses methods to incorporate smart land use planning into the decision making process related to educational facilities.

Design Apprenticeship Program, Fall 2013
November 8, 2013
This fall, teens from across the D.C. metro area devoted 40 hours over eight Saturdays to learning the basics of design and construction through the Museum's Design Apprenticeship Program. In a series of hands-on exercises, student teams collaborated with volunteer design professionals to explore the theme of building blocks, conceptualize an original design, and fabricate a piece of furniture according to project criteria and budgets. Join us for a formal presentation and reception to celebrate our aspiring designers' hard work. Free, no registration required.

What's Up with NoMa?
November 6, 2013
Cranes dot the skyline of NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue), one of D.C.’s fastest-growing neighborhoods. The construction of the New York Avenue Metro station catalyzed the development of condos, federal office buildings, and Class A commercial space which continues to expand and attract new residents. A panel explores ideas for connecting to adjacent neighborhoods, encouraging affordable housing and retail, and tackling challenges such as lack of green space.

National Building Museum Shop Holiday Gift Guide
November 6, 2013
The National Building Museum's award-winning Museum Shop features a wide selection of gifts inspired by architecture and classic design from around the world. From home design elements and jewelry to building kits and books, you'll find gifts that combine function and beauty for every person on your list.

Spotlight on Allan Greenberg
October 31, 2013
The work of renowned architect Allan Greenberg is admired for its classical inspiration and high level of craftsmanship. The founder of Allan Greenberg Architect will discuss his residential, university, and civic projects, including the Humanities Building at Rice University and the Tommy Hilfiger Flagship Store in Beverly Hills. Following the talk, he will sign copies of his latest book, Allan Greenberg: Classical Architect (Rizzoli, 2013), which showcases buildings that radiate a sense of classic beauty and artistic integrity.

October 30, 2013
The National Building Museum and Turner Construction Company present the 11th Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction to Lean Construction Institute.

Back to Fundamentals
October 29, 2013
Witold Rybczynski discusses his new book, How Architecture Works: A Humanists Toolkit, and answers fundamental questions about how good—and not-so-good—buildings are designed and built. Following the lecture, he will sign copies of the book.

Museum Partners with AARP to Tackle Issues Facing an Aging Population
October 24, 2013
This fall, the National Building Museum partners with AARP for programs focused on the impact of built environment on an aging population.

A Recipe for Greener Schools
October 17, 2013
As U.S. childhood obesity rates remain high, attention is increasingly focused on offering nourishing school meals and encouraging children to make healthy choices. A panel discusses the importance of healthy, locally-sourced menus in cafeterias and the growing interest in creating vegetable gardens in schoolyards.

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