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National Building Museum participating in Museum Day Live!
September 19, 2014
The National Building Museum offers free admission to Museum Day Live ticket holders on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

The Big Build Family Festival this Saturday
September 17, 2014
Be a builder for the day at the free Big Build festival! Amateur builders young and old can discover what it’s like to be a professional designer, engineer, electrician, ironworker, architect, woodworker, and more.

Charlie Rose Named 16th Laureate of Vincent Scully Prize
September 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.

MAD about architecture
September 10, 2014
Since its founding in 2004, the Beijing-based architecture firm MAD Architects has been committed to developing futuristic, organic designs that embody a contemporary interpretation of the Eastern spirit of nature. The recent focus on the design philosophy “Shanshui City” guides MAD to create a new balance among individuals, the city, and the environment through new forms of architecture.

NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM ANNOUNCES CREEPY NEW ACQUISITION
September 3, 2014
The National Building Museum is thrilled and terrified to announce the recent discovery of a set of documents belonging to a builder who, records show, died in 1886 while assisting with the construction of our historic building. Interestingly, the letters date years after he was reported dead and buried. Given this fact, their content is particularly chilling and has stymied explanation from our curatorial and collections staff, many of whom have “called in sick” in recent days.

Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit
September 2, 2014
Having emergency supplies readily available can reduce the impact of a natural disaster on you and your family—especially if emergency responders are not able to reach you right away. Learn what you should include in your emergency preparedness kit from the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Build, construct, learn, and climb when the Big Build Festival returns September 20
August 28, 2014
The National Building Museum invites you to be a builder for the day at the free Big Build festival, on Saturday, September 20 from 10 am-4 pm.

Award-Winning Teen Program "Defines D.C."
July 29, 2014
Investigating Where We Live: D.C. Now & Next opens on Friday, August 1 with a reception at 6:30.

Demolished Folk Art Museum Architects To Speak
July 15, 2014
The built work of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien is grounded in Modernism, but tempered by a rich sense of materiality. The founding principals of New York-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) discuss their notable work, which includes the recently demolished American Folk Art Museum in New York City, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.

A Brief History of Mazes
July 1, 2014
What exactly is a maze? What have mazes been used for throughout history? How have mazes been used in pop culture? Brush up on your maze trivia before visiting the BIG Maze, a large-scale maze in the Museum's Great Hall.

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien: Design Process and Practice
July 1, 2014
Tod Williams, FAIA, and Billie Tsien, FAIA, founders of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, which received the AIA Architecture Firm Award for 2013 speak at the National Building Museum as part of the Spotlight on Design lecture series on July 24. In anticipation of that event, senior curator Martin Moeller recently interviewed the pair via email.

Design Competition Responds to Hurricane Sandy
June 19, 2014
Rebuild by Design (RBD) is a unique competition that responds to Hurricane Sandy by asking the world’s most talented design professionals to envision solutions that increase resilience across the Sandy-affected region. Winners discuss their designs.

SHoP Talk
June 3, 2014
The National Building Museum's vice president for education discusses SHoP Architect's recent projects and design philosophy.

Marquee buildings with innovative design
May 28, 2014
Over the past two decades, New York-based SHoP Architects has set the standard of creative innovation in the field and modeled a new way forward with its unconventional approach to design. Coren Sharples, AIA, presents the firm's recent work.

 

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