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Award-Winning Teen Program "Defines D.C."
July 29, 2014
Investigating Where We Live: D.C. Now & Next opens on Friday, August 1 with a reception at 6:30.
Demolished Folk Art Museum Architects To Speak
July 15, 2014
The built work of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien is grounded in Modernism, but tempered by a rich sense of materiality. The founding principals of New York-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) discuss their notable work, which includes the recently demolished American Folk Art Museum in New York City, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.
A Brief History of Mazes
July 1, 2014
What exactly is a maze? What have mazes been used for throughout history? How have mazes been used in pop culture? Brush up on your maze trivia before visiting the BIG Maze, a large-scale maze in the Museum's Great Hall.
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien: Design Process and Practice
July 1, 2014
Tod Williams, FAIA, and Billie Tsien, FAIA, founders of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, which received the AIA Architecture Firm Award for 2013 speak at the National Building Museum as part of the Spotlight on Design lecture series on July 24. In anticipation of that event, senior curator Martin Moeller recently interviewed the pair via email.
Drawing on The Architectural Image
June 24, 2014
Linear perspective, first employed illusionistically in ancient times, was demonstrated geometrically in the Italian Renaissance and is a means of representing three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface.
Design Competition Responds to Hurricane Sandy
June 19, 2014
Rebuild by Design (RBD) is a unique competition that responds to Hurricane Sandy by asking the world’s most talented design professionals to envision solutions that increase resilience across the Sandy-affected region. Winners discuss their designs.
GIANT INDOOR INTERACTIVE MAZE OPENS JULY 4
June 17, 2014
June 3, 2014
The National Building Museum's vice president for education discusses SHoP Architect's recent projects and design philosophy.
Marquee buildings with innovative design
May 28, 2014
Over the past two decades, New York-based SHoP Architects has set the standard of creative innovation in the field and modeled a new way forward with its unconventional approach to design. Coren Sharples, AIA, presents the firm's recent work.
Does your city need an intervention?
May 21, 2014
W. Paul Farmer, FAICP, chief executive officer of the American Planning Association, delivers the 2014 L'Enfant Lecture on City Planning and Design. He discusses planning interventions to address challenges facing cities around the world: immigration, climate change, and urbanization.
An Interview with Designing for Disaster Curator
May 6, 2014
Designing for Disaster, the National Building Museum's newest exhibition, opens May 11. The exhibition investigates how we can build communities that are safer and more disaster resilient, through stories, video, objects, and interactive tools from around the nation. National Building Museum Online sat down with Museum curator Chrysanthe Broikos and her team, Christine Canabou and Caitlin Bristol, to hear what they learned while preparing the exhibition.
May 6, 2014
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 39% of the nation's population lived in counties directly on the shoreline in 2010 and that population is projected to increase by an additional 10 million people, or 8% by 2020. This means that more people, property and infrastructure will be exposed to the impact of hurricanes.
Hurricanes a Major Threat to Cities
May 6, 2014
Scientists predict that hurricanes will increase in severity and frequency, presenting a clear and present danger to highly populated urban areas. A panel of experts discusses the elements needed to prepare for and mitigate the effects of hurricanes and storm surges in urban areas.
D.C.'s Public Art
April 24, 2014
Sculptor Raymond Kaskey discusses monumental works.
DESIGNING FOR DISASTER
April 23, 2014
From earthquakes and hurricanes to flooding and rising sea levels, natural disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. No region of the country is immune from the impacts and rising costs of disaster damage. In light of this stark reality, the National Building Museum presents a multimedia exhibition titled Designing for Disaster, a call-to-action for citizen preparedness—from design professionals and local decision-makers to homeowners and school kids. The exhibition explores strategies local leaders are currently pursuing to reduce their risks and build more disaster-resilient communities. The exhibition will open May 11, 2014 and remain on view through August 2, 2015.