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The Architectural Image: The Collector's View
November 4, 2014
The National Building Museum opens a new exhibition titled The Architectural Image, 1920–1950: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private Collection. The person behind that collection is David M. Schwarz, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based firm David M. Schwarz Architects, which has a large portfolio of projects across the country. National Building Museum Online interviewed Mr. Schwarz about his collection and its relationship to his professional work.
Fire Island Modernist
October 16, 2014
Between 1961 and 1981, Horace Gifford (1932–92) designed beach homes on New York’s Fire Island that reflected the “oasis of free love” of the pre-AIDS, post-Stonewall era. Christopher Rawlins, principal of New York-based Rawlins Design and author of Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction (Metropolis Books, 2013), chronicles the life of this largely-forgotten, complex architect whose body of work stands for a lost generation.
Will You Retreat? Or Resist?
October 14, 2014
Franklyn Cater, NPR Cities Project editor, facilitates a panel conversation examining how cities are managing their built environments in the face of natural disasters and rising waters caused by climate change. The panel includes portions of on-air stories from the Cities Project that prompt a discussion on whether cities retreat from or stand against the effects of a changing climate.
EXPERTS GATHER IN ADVANCE OF NATIONAL EARTHQUAKE DRILL
October 10, 2014
On October 14 in Washington, D.C., a ShakeOut press conference and media-tour of the Designing for Disaster exhibition will be held at the National Building Museum.
Give the Gift of Design this Holiday Season
October 8, 2014
October 7, 2014
We're getting ready for next week's How Housing Matters conference, and I've been preparing by reading about all things housing. Here are some highlights in a new series we're calling "Building Bytes."
Eight Hours of Design
October 7, 2014
The Interschool Student Design Competition (ISDC) is a unique event that brings together teams of students from the area's six collegiate architecture programs to participate in a day-long design competition held in the Museum's Great Hall.
Robert A.M. Stern discusses garden suburbs
September 30, 2014
RAMSA founder and senior partner Robert A.M. Stern presents a history of the planned garden suburb in conjunction with the recent publication of Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City.
The Architectural Image, 1920–1950: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private Collection
September 25, 2014
This fall, the National Building Museum presents an exhibition of 70 prints, original drawings, and paintings from one of the most fertile periods in architectural history, all drawn from the collection of David M. Schwarz, a prominent Washington, D.C. architect.
Private Money, Public Good
September 24, 2014
Both the private and philanthropic sectors are increasingly important to major public building projects as foundations, investment banks, private equity firms, and individual corporations become directly involved in re-shaping our cities. As this trend increases, so too do questions about public participation and overall effectiveness.
Henry C. Turner Prize awarded to the Department of Architectural Engineering of the Pennsylvania State University
September 23, 2014
The National Building Museum and Turner Construction Company will present the 2014 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction to the Department of Architectural Engineering of the Pennsylvania State University.
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.