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Luminous Landscapes: Photographs by Alan Ward Premieres February 20
January 27, 2016
On February 20, 2016, the National Building Museum opens its next exhibition, Luminous Landscapes: Photographs by Alan Ward. Working mostly in black and white, Ward’s large format photographs of sites like Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, and the National September 11 Memorial in New York City focus on the fundamental material that constructs the landscape: grain, texture, bright light, dappled shade. By denying us the familiar green lawns and foliage, colored blooms and surfaces, Ward’s dramatic photographs challenge us to see the landscape around us with new eyes. Luminous Landscapes is on view through September 5, 2016.

Jennifer Barrett named new vice president for development
January 11, 2016
The National Building Museum is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Barrett as vice president for development. A native Washingtonian, Barrett joins the Museum from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian Institution’s museum of modern and contemporary art.

Dupont Underground Announces Re-Ball! Design Competition
January 5, 2016
The Dupont Underground, the nonprofit organization that is revitalizing the former trolley station beneath D.C.’s iconic Dupont Circle into a new venue for art, performance, and creative activation, is pleased to announce the launch of Re-Ball!, an open design competition for a site-specific installation in part of the subterranean space. The exhibition and events that occur during its run will be the first time the old station has been opened up for use in two decades.

NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM ONLY U.S. VENUE FOR SMALL STORIES: AT HOME IN A DOLLHOUSE
December 15, 2015
This summer, the National Building Museum will explore the history of British domestic life from the unexpected perspective of the U.K.’s most beloved dollhouses. Featuring 12 dollhouses from the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in London, Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse spans 300 years and provides a miniature-sized, up-close view of developments in architecture and design from lavish country mansions to an urban high-rise. The National Building Museum is the only U.S. venue for the exhibition, which will be on view from May 21, 2016 through January 15, 2017.

National Building Museum Celebrates 35th Anniversary
November 23, 2015
The National Building Museum is celebrating 35 years since an Act of Congress established the nation’s only museum dedicated to the history and impact of the built environment. To commemorate the special occasion, the Museum is launching a “35 Days of Giving” campaign, running Thanksgiving through the end of the year and including a free admission day on the Museum’s birthday, December 12.

Field Operations to Design National Building Museum’s Next Summer Installation
October 28, 2015
James Corner Field Operations, the urban design, landscape architecture, and public realm practice based in New York City and known for projects such as the High Line, has been selected to design the National Building Museum’s 2016 Summer Block Party installation.

Give the Gift of Design
October 15, 2015

The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Sweden opens next week
October 8, 2015
On October 17, 2015, the National Building Museum will debut The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Sweden, the largest monographic landscape architecture exhibition in the Museum’s history, which chronicles the careers and influence of Wolfgang Oehme (1930-2011) and James van Sweden (1935-2013).

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat to Receive 2015 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction
October 5, 2015
Turner Construction Company and the National Building Museum are pleased to announce that the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) will receive the 2015 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction.

The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Sweden Opens October 17, 2015
September 22, 2015
On October 17, 2015, the National Building Museum will debut The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Sweden, the largest monographic landscape architecture exhibition in the Museum’s history.

National Building Museum participating in Museum Day Live!
September 19, 2015
The National Building Museum offers free admission to Museum Day Live ticket holders on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

The National Building Museum Welcomes Gary Haney, AIA, As Chair of Board of Trustees
September 17, 2015
On October 1, Gary Haney, AIA, RIBA, begins a three-year term as chair of the Board of Trustees at the National Building Museum. Haney served 9 years as a trustee, and has advanced efforts to raise the national profile of the Museum.

Spotlight On Rogers Partners
September 15, 2015
Robert M. Rogers, FAIA, partner at Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers and recent author of Learning Through Practice (ORO Editions, 2015), discusses the principal desires that guide his practice.

Big Build Returns this Saturday
September 14, 2015
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, ironworker, architect, woodworker, and more.

Video Shoot Interrupted by Ghostly Spirit
September 10, 2015
While prepping for a filmed interview about the National Building Museum collection, a Museum staff member seemed to disappear into thin air. Hank Griffith, chief preparator, was being interviewed about the institution's collection of artifacts dating back to the historic building's origins, when he was suddenly interrupted by a terrifying, booming sound. The film crew observed Griffith exit the room to investigate when they heard a bloodcurdling shriek. Rosie Grant, digital marketing associate, and the rest of the crew ran to Griffith's aid only to see he’d disappeared.

 

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