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May 22, 2015
On May 27, the National Building Museum will present the 2015 Honor Award to Judith Rodin and The Rockefeller Foundation, STUDIOS Architecture, and Capital Bikeshare to celebrate their commitment to the ongoing vitality and adaptation of our cities. The Museum has selected the theme of Game Changers, recognizing the profound contributions by our honorees and their work in inspiring the public to rethink what it means to be a part of an enduring and vital cityscape.

Free Admission for Active Duty Military Personnel and their Families, Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015
May 20, 2015
The National Building Museum offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015.

May 8, 2015
The National Building Museum will once again create a one-of-a-kind destination for visitors when it unveils an interactive architectural installation that brings the quintessential summer experience of going to the beach to downtown Washington, D.C. Spanning across the majestic Great Hall, the Museum commissioned Snarkitecture to design the BEACH, which will cover 10,000 square feet and include an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. The BEACH will be open July 4, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.

Urban Landscape Design
April 30, 2015
From institutional and civic projects, plazas and gardens, and to master plans, Mikyoung Kim Landscape Architects "finds fresh solutions that help to define the character of the urban landscape” across a variety of scales. Kim discusses projects like the Crown Sky Garden in Chicago, the Project Ripple Garden in Miami, and the ChongGae River Canal Restoration Project in Seoul.

Teens Take Over Petworth Community Market
April 23, 2015
Spring Design Apprenticeship Program participants worked with the Petworth Community Market to strengthen the Market’s connection to its surrounding neighborhood. Teen design teams addressed myriad issues for their client, including market visibility, overall visitor flow, and aesthetic cohesiveness.

National Building Museum wins IKEA Life Improvement Challenge
April 7, 2015
The National Building Museum was announced a winner of IKEA’s Life Improvement Challenge, which gives charities and institutions nationwide the materials to update and upgrade their infrastructure. The prize enables the Museum to give a makeover to its education studios and classrooms, and provide youth program participants the opportunity to design and execute the upgrade themselves.

Airport Exhibition Features Artwork of National Building Museum Teens
April 2, 2015
A new exhibition at Reagan National Airport’s Gallery Walk features photography by participants from the National Building Museum’s teen program Investigating Where We Live. Titled Creating Across the City: A Teen Art Showcase, the exhibition will be on view through June 14, 2015.

March 5, 2015
On May 27, 2015, The National Building Museum will honor The Rockefeller Foundation, STUDIOS Architecture, and Capital Bikeshare at its annual Gala, recognizing their innovative work to strengthen the resilience and vitality of our cities. The event, held in the Museum’s historic Great Hall, will be emceed by Paula Poundstone, comedian from NPR's "Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me," and welcome civic leaders as well as business leaders in construction, architecture, development, and engineering, among others.

March 4, 2015
Beginning March 21, the National Building Museum will present an unprecedented series of photographs by Colin Winterbottom documenting the impact of the August 23, 2011 earthquake on two of the nation’s most recognizable architectural icons—the Washington Monument and the Washington National Cathedral—and the subsequent restoration process.

Beatrix Farrand
March 3, 2015
For the Portraits in Design lecture series, we profile Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959), one of America’s finest landscape garden designers.

March 3, 2015
The National Building Museum and VisitDenmark are offering a lucky prize winner the opportunity to see Danish design in person, with a five day trip to Copenhagen.

Women of Architecture: Sharon Davis
March 3, 2015
In connection to Women's History Month and the Women of Architecture lecture series, we interviewed Sharon Davis, founder and principal of Sharon Davis Design.

Sharon Davis discusses empowering designs
February 25, 2015
Can design spur social justice? Economic empowerment? Education? Sharon Davis, principal, Sharon Davis Design, discusses her firm's social-justice-oriented projects, like the Women's Opportunity Center in Rwanda (completed June 2013) that exemplify her firm's mission to use design principles to address "Needs Beyond Architecture."

Tourism and the City: A Conversation with Taleb Rifai and the UNWTO
February 24, 2015
National Building Museum and Metropolis Magazine Contributor Andrew Caruso sat down with Taleb Rifai, architect and UNWTO Secretary-General to discuss the organization’s keen interest in cities.

Discover Engineering Family Day Returns
February 24, 2015
This Saturday, families, scout groups, and all curious visitors are invited to be an engineer for a day and learn how to turn ideas into reality at Discover Engineering Family Day!


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