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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.

SAVE THE DATE
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.

National Building Museum to become new Custodian of Washington National Cathedral Construction & Design Archives
February 11, 2016
Washington National Cathedral has selected the national Building Museum as the custodian of its Construction and Design Archives. The collection consists of more than 32,000 historic architectural drawings related to the design and construction of the Cathedral and other historic buildings on its 57-acre campus in Northwest Washington.

Ultimate Megafort Returns
February 9, 2016

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.

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
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.

 

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