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National Building Museum wins IKEA Life Improvement Challenge
April 9, 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.

April 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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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!

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.

Resilience in Action
February 11, 2015
Panelists discuss creative ways that communities around the country are working with nature to increase their resilience to natural disasters.

Hear ye, Hear ye: Ultimate Megafort on February XI
February 3, 2015
On the eventide of February XI, in the year of our lord MMXV, the Ultimate Megafort returns to ye olde National Building Museum. Merry bands of warriors are invited to build forts from board-of-card and put their skills to the test in the Great Battle of Foam Balles. Last year's inaugural melee sold out in mere minutes; teams are entreated to secure their places in this festival anon. Chain mail and helms encouraged.

Visitor Guide: Plan Your Journey from HOT TO COLD
January 28, 2015
National Building Museum public programs coordinator Aliya Reich offers a recommended path for visiting HOT TO COLD, and exhibition of global design firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

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.


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