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DiscoverE Future City Competition to Receive 2016 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation
October 19, 2016
Turner Construction Company and the National Building Museum are pleased to announce that DiscoverE and its Future City Competition will receive the 2016 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction. The educational program was selected for its exemplary leadership in engaging young students to learn about and solve complex engineering and building challenges, commitment to diversity, and innovation.

Influential Modernist Landscape Architect Lawrence Halprin Featured in New Exhibition Opening at the National Building Museum Nov. 5
October 4, 2016
traveling exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009) will open November 5, 2016, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Timed with the centennial anniversary of Halprin’s birth, the exhibition features 56 newly commissioned photographs by leading landscape photographers of dozens of Halprin’s major works, ranging from recently rediscovered residential projects created early in his career in the 1950s to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. and capstone projects such as the Yosemite Falls approach and Stern Grove in San Francisco.

"Don't Leave Me" weaves dance, music, and architecture
September 30, 2016
“Don’t Leave Me” weaves dance, music, and architecture in an exploration of the ways physical space determines human action and the interdependence of people within that space. Professional dancers with and without disabilities use an ever-changing set design as apparel, furniture, and architecture.

Five Myths About Timber
September 6, 2016
Timber City explores the benefits offered by cutting-edge methods of timber construction, including engineered wood products like cross-laminated timber. Here are some of the questions—and surprising answers—related to urban timber construction.

September 1, 2016
is pleased to announce that Studio Gang has been selected to design next year’s summer installation. The temporary structure will be the latest in the Museum’s annual series, following ICEBERGS by James Corner Field Operations.

Commemorating 9/11 in Photography
August 24, 2016
To mark the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the National Building Museum will present Commemorating 9/11: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara, September 3-November 27, 2016.

Change in Focus
August 2, 2016
We talked to five teens from Investigating Where We Live and asked how their own perceptions of Washington, D.C. have changed since the program began in early July, 2016.

What's New With Wood?
July 26, 2016
This fall, the National Building Museum will challenge the notion that wood is an antiquated building material when it opens Timber City. The groundbreaking new exhibition will demonstrate the wide range of benefits offered by cutting-edge methods of timber construction.

June 14, 2016
The National Building Museum will create a new, one-of-a-kind destination this summer when it unveils ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Representing a beautiful, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall, the immersive installation will emphasize current themes of landscape representation, geometry, and construction. ICEBERGS will be open to the public July 2–September 5, 2016.

June 6, 2016
This summer, the National Building Museum will serve as the only U.S. venue for Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse, which will feature a stunning selection of 12 historical dollhouses spanning the past 300 years from the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in London. As a contemporary update, the exhibition will also showcase the artistic interpretations of a dollhouse by a group of 24 diverse American architects, designers, and artists. This “Dream House” installation of miniature interiors will bring the long history of the dollhouse full circle to the present day. Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse will be on view May 21, 2016 through January 22, 2017.

National Building Museum celebrates Montgomery Meigs’ 200th Birthday
April 29, 2016
On Tuesday, May 3, the National Building Museum celebrates the 200th birthday of General Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, the former quartermaster general of the U.S. Army and architect of the Pension Building, which later became the Museum’s home. Commemorating the anniversary will be a week-long series of events, including special tours, new objects from his life on display, and a drop-in birthday party.

Rare Architectural Paper Models Go on Display
March 23, 2016
The National Building Museum will publicly display an array of rare architectural paper models for the first time. Around the World in 80 Paper Models draws from a magnificent 4,600-piece collection recently donated to the Museum by architect David Kemnitzer of West Virginia. The collection, among the largest of its kind in the world, includes tiny, postcard- sized models that become Guggenheim-Museum-shaped earrings; a 3-foot-tall Chicago skyscraper; and a hand-drawn California mission. The exhibition begins April 16 and will be viewable in the Museum's recent acquisitions gallery.

March 3, 2016
On May 24, 2016, the National Building Museum will present its Honor Award to CoStar Group, DAVIS Construction, and Casey Trees at its Annual Gala, recognizing their profound contributions to our nation's building industry, commitment to local community, and innovative vision for our future.

Built by Women DC winners on display March 19 and 20
March 1, 2016
On March 19 and 20, 2016, the National Building Museum will exhibit the winners of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation's (BWAF) second Built by Women (BxW) competition.


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