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BJARKE INGELS GROUP RETURNS TO THE NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM WITH UNPRECEDENTED EXHIBITION INSTALLATION
December 9, 2014
On the heels of its summer blockbuster indoor maze, which attracted more than 50,000 visitors, the international design firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) returns to the National Building Museum this January with a behind-the-scenes look at its creative process.
Penn State's Architectural Engineering Department honored
November 20, 2014
The National Building Museum will present the 2014 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction to The Architectural Engineering Department of the Pennsylvania State University, where students, professors, industry professionals, and city officials are coming together in a broad range of collaborative efforts that will lead to efficiencies in the construction process and encourage energy-efficient building solutions.
National Building Museum bestows President’s Award and Chair’s Award
November 19, 2014
Last evening, the National Building Museum bestowed its annual President’s Award and Chair’s Award to C. Ford Peatross and A. Eugene Kohn, respectively. The awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Museum, advancing its mission and legacy. The awards were given during the Museum’s annual members’ holiday gathering in the Great Hall.
A glimpse into a private collection
November 12, 2014
Opening on Saturday, November 8, The Architectural Image, 1920-1950: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private Collection showcases 70 prints, original drawings, and paintings from the period, all drawn from a single private collection in Washington, D.C.
Charlie Rose to accept Vincent Scully Prize next week
November 11, 2014
The National Building Museum will present the 2014 Vincent Scully Prize to Charlie Rose, anchor and executive editor of Charlie Rose and co-anchor of CBS This Morning, for exploring the value of good design, the growth of cities, and the shape of the urban form through his insightful and substantive conversations with leading thinkers of our day.
The Architectural Image: The Collector's View
November 4, 2014
The National Building Museum opens a new exhibition titled The Architectural Image, 1920–1950: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private Collection. The person behind that collection is David M. Schwarz, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based firm David M. Schwarz Architects, which has a large portfolio of projects across the country. National Building Museum Online interviewed Mr. Schwarz about his collection and its relationship to his professional work.
Fire Island Modernist
October 16, 2014
Between 1961 and 1981, Horace Gifford (1932–92) designed beach homes on New York’s Fire Island that reflected the “oasis of free love” of the pre-AIDS, post-Stonewall era. Christopher Rawlins, principal of New York-based Rawlins Design and author of Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction (Metropolis Books, 2013), chronicles the life of this largely-forgotten, complex architect whose body of work stands for a lost generation.
Will You Retreat? Or Resist?
October 14, 2014
Franklyn Cater, NPR Cities Project editor, facilitates a panel conversation examining how cities are managing their built environments in the face of natural disasters and rising waters caused by climate change. The panel includes portions of on-air stories from the Cities Project that prompt a discussion on whether cities retreat from or stand against the effects of a changing climate.
EXPERTS GATHER IN ADVANCE OF NATIONAL EARTHQUAKE DRILL
October 10, 2014
On October 14 in Washington, D.C., a ShakeOut press conference and media-tour of the Designing for Disaster exhibition will be held at the National Building Museum.
Give the Gift of Design this Holiday Season
October 8, 2014
October 7, 2014
We're getting ready for next week's How Housing Matters conference, and I've been preparing by reading about all things housing. Here are some highlights in a new series we're calling "Building Bytes."
Eight Hours of Design
October 7, 2014
The Interschool Student Design Competition (ISDC) is a unique event that brings together teams of students from the area's six collegiate architecture programs to participate in a day-long design competition held in the Museum's Great Hall.
Robert A.M. Stern discusses garden suburbs
September 30, 2014
RAMSA founder and senior partner Robert A.M. Stern presents a history of the planned garden suburb in conjunction with the recent publication of Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City.
The Architectural Image, 1920–1950: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private Collection
September 25, 2014
This fall, the National Building Museum presents an exhibition of 70 prints, original drawings, and paintings from one of the most fertile periods in architectural history, all drawn from the collection of David M. Schwarz, a prominent Washington, D.C. architect.
Private Money, Public Good
September 24, 2014
Both the private and philanthropic sectors are increasingly important to major public building projects as foundations, investment banks, private equity firms, and individual corporations become directly involved in re-shaping our cities. As this trend increases, so too do questions about public participation and overall effectiveness.