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Past Programs

 

Engineering Family Day

February 18, 2017

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Discover Engineering Family Day with a day of exciting hands-on engineering experience.
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Carnegie Library Building Tour: Race, Space, and the Power of Place

February 9, 2017

This experiential tour explores how concepts of race and difference impact how citizens are allowed, prohibited, discouraged, or encouraged to share space.
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<3 Our Collections Tour

February 7, 2017

Hear the Museum's collections staff explain how and why we collect and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the collection.
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When Architecture Tells a Story

February 6, 2017

Celebrate the power of architecture through the magic of storytelling. The National Building Museum and Blank Space present the winners from the 2017 Fairy Tales competition.
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Spotlight on Design: Lawrence Halprin

Spotlight on Design

February 1, 2017

A celebration the centennial of Lawrence Halprin's birth and reflection on the life and legacy of this groundbreaking designer.
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Urban Salon: Bombs to Beer

January 28, 2017

Discover how a Southeast Washington, D.C. factory, built in 1919 and originally designed for the manufacturing of munitions and ship parts for the US Navy, has been creatively converted into Bluejacket brewery. Dario Davies, principal architect, FORMDesign and Bluejacket staff lead a tour of the brewery illuminating the brewing process and how the building’s interior design directly contributes to the production of beer. After the tour continue the conversation on adaptive reuse, historic preservation and urban production spaces with your fellow explorers at Bluejacket’s attached restaurant beginning at 1:30.
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DISTRICT II Wymer's (Downtown) DC Hackathon

January 18, 2017

Bring your laptop for this lunchtime session and help update the interactive WymersDC.com web site, focusing on 1940s-1950s images of the area around the Carnegie Library building and downtown D.C.
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Panel: Documenting Downtown D.C.

January 10, 2017

Join photographers Chris Earnshaw, Phil Portlock, Bill Lebovich, Joseph Mills and moderator Jeff Krulik, filmmaker, Heavy Metal Parking Lot, for insight on documenting downtown from the 1960s onwards, through their street, architectural, and subterranean photography. The introduction of Metrorail, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., grass-roots and codified historic preservation efforts: These developments are among the many influences on the built and social environment of downtown D.C. during decades of rapid change.
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DISTRICT II Walking Tour: Billy Luck's Mt. Vernon Square

January 8, 2017

Join the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and photographer and architectural history raconteur Chris Earnshaw for a stroll and discover the people, places and scenes of bygone Mt. Vernon Square.
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Urban Salon: Bombs to Beer

January 7, 2017

Discover how a Southeast Washington, D.C. factory, built in 1919 and originally designed for the manufacturing of munitions and ship parts for the US Navy, has been creatively converted into Bluejacket brewery. Dario Davies, principal architect, FORMDesign and Bluejacket staff lead a tour of the brewery illuminating the brewing process and how the building’s interior design directly contributes to the production of beer. After the tour continue the conversation on adaptive reuse, historic preservation and urban production spaces with your fellow explorers at Bluejacket’s attached restaurant beginning at 1:30.
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“F Street, the Place on the Ridge” Film Screening

December 15, 2016

This video portrait of downtown D.C.’s historic Main Street looks at the history of F Street, NW, from Third to 15th Street as part of DISTRICT II Exhibition.
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Material-Driven Expressions in Architecture: Timber

December 12, 2016

Susan Jones, founding principal of Atelier Susan Jones, illustrates how architects choose materials to provoke emotional responses.
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CityVision Design Showcase

December 7, 2016

Through research and hands-on prototyping, students from Takoma Education Campus and School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens explored the role of commemorative spaces in the city. They will present the models and drawings of their ideas for new memorials in Washington, D.C.
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Dr. Ruth's Dollhouses

December 5, 2016

Dr. Ruth Westheimer collects dollhouses – not for her grandchildren, but for herself. The famed sex therapist fled Nazi Germany, leaving behind family and childhood. She tells this story and how her dollhouses play a therapeutic role in her own life.
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The Quartermaster Book Talk

December 3, 2016

New light is shed on one of the nation's most important Civil War generals, Montgomery C. Meigs, architect and engineer of the National Building Museum's landmark home.
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Assessing the Georgetown Gondola Proposal

December 1, 2016

International and domestic experts describe urban gondola systems to inform a discussion about the proposed Georgetown aerial gondola to connect with Rosslyn, Virginia and its metrorail station , as well as facilitating access between the two communities. Panelists discuss precedents of successful systems around the world and examine the feasibility of a similar system for Georgetown and Rosslyn.
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Offsite Tour: Duke Ellington School of the Arts

November 19, 2016

Tour the transformative renovations and additions to this 1898 National Landmark structure, home to this renowned institution for the visual and performing arts.
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Marlon Blackwell Architects

November 16, 2016

Marlon Blackwell Architects, recipient of the 2016 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, operates in the space between vernacular tradition and pure formalism creating architecture.
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Talk & Book Signing: Alexander Robey Shepherd

November 15, 2016

Alexander Robey Shepherd performed herculean tasks as he built the capital’s infrastructure in the decade following the Civil War, but his reputation remains tarnished because of questions about his methods and his integrity. John P. Richardson, author of “Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation’s Capital,” will provide insights into this intriguing figure, who spent the second half of his life building a silver-mining operation in remotest Mexico.
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Urban Salon: Power

November 5, 2016

Join Anya Schoolman, founder and executive director of DC SUN, on an exploration and conversation about rethinking electrical power in the city. Tour a solar array atop a private residence in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood as an example of a grassroots effort to bring renewable energy to a neighborhood. Share your insights about lowering Washington, D.C.’s carbon footprint and enhancing the city's energy efficiency with fellow explorers through casual conversation at Lia Cafe Brazil.
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