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"The Most Astonishing Design Achievement"
February 12, 2014
Dhiru Thadani discusses the New Urbanist town and its groundbreaking plan in a lecture accompanying his book.

Places to Flourish
February 4, 2014
The design of generative space in healthcare facilities is a key factor in an emerging culture of healthcare focused on wellness. But what exactly is "generative space"? Tama Duffy Day, director of health and wellness at Gensler and one of our panelists, explains.

Spotlight on L.A. Design culminates with Johnston Marklee
February 4, 2014
Founding principals Sharon Johnston, AIA, and Mark Lee discuss their firm's innovative buildings

Extended Territories: Women of Architecture
February 4, 2014
In celebration of Women's History Month, the National Building Museum in collaboration with the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation features a discussion with Andrea Leers, FAIA, and Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel Associates.

The Local Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley
February 4, 2014
A new exhibition, The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, opening at the Museum this month showcases a selection of newly commissioned photographs of projects by Dan Kiley, one of the most important and influential Modernist landscape architects of the 20th century. The Cultural Landscape Foundation, the organization that created the traveling exhibition, shares some of Kiley's lesser-known works in the Washington, D.C. area.

January 29, 2014
From earthquakes and hurricanes to rising sea levels and flooding, natural disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. Recent history shows that no region of the country is immune from the rising costs of storm and disaster damage. In light of this stark reality, the National Building Museum will present 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—investigating how and where to build communities that are safer and more disaster-resilient.

Jan Gehl discusses improving public life
January 28, 2014
Architect Jan Gehl and public space expert Birgitte Svarre, co-authors of How to Study Public Life, offer principles and research to guide the study of public life in urban settings and how to use the findings to create livable, safe, sustainable, and healthy cities.

January 23, 2014
The National Building Museum invites you to take a peek into its collections at our newest exhibition, Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions, open March 8, 2014 to May 25, 2015.

World War II from the Home Front
January 22, 2014
Sarah Jo Peterson, author of Planning the Home Front: Building Bombers and Communities at Willow Run, shares the story of housing for war workers in Detroit and its suburbs. Debates about housing for the “Arsenal of Democracy” exemplified Americans at war, while setting the stage for post-war suburbia. A book signing follows the program.

Symposium Explores Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.’s Influence on the American West
January 21, 2014
The National Association for Olmsted Parks and its partners invite you to attend Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.: A Vision for the American West, at Stanford University, March 27-28, 2014. Attendees to the symposium will explore Olmsted Jr.'s lasting influence on trends and issues specific to the American West, including land and water conservation, metropolitan growth, our national and state park systems, and protection of the region's unique environmental resources. Moreover, a close examination of Olmsted Jr.’s designs, writings, organizational leadership, and visionary collaborations will reveal models for solving complex contemporary issues.

January 14, 2014
An exhibition opening in February at the National Building Museum showcases a selection of newly commissioned photographs of projects by Dan Kiley (1912–2004), one of the most important and influential Modernist landscape architects of the 20th century. The retrospective, The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, opens February 8, 2014 and runs through May 18, 2014.

The Father of Modern Philadelphia
January 7, 2014
Coinciding with the publication of Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics and the Building of Modern Philadelphia by Greg Heller, that city's plan acts as an important example of the effects of urban renewal. National Building Museum Online spoke with Heller about Ed Bacon's legacy.

L.A.: Land of (Unrealized) Possibilities
January 7, 2014
National Building Museum senior curator Martin Moeller, who organized an exhibition called Unbuilt Washington at the National Building Museum in 2011-12, recently interviewed Sam Lubell about the significance of unexecuted architectural proposals.

Celebrate Women of Architecture for Women’s History Month
December 18, 2013
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the National Building Museum features discussions with extraordinary women leading the field of architecture, through the Women of Architecture lecture series. This year, Andrea Leers, FAIA and Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA present “Extended Territories: Leers Weinzapfel Associates,” an original lecture focusing on how the work of their women-led firm intersects with urbanization, globalization, and sustainability.


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