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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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Museum Ghost Tours

October 31, 2016

Explore the haunted past of the National Building Museum. See a different side of the Museum on this lantern-light tour.
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Urban Salon: Bees in the City

October 29, 2016

Experience George Washington University and Founding Farmers' roof top apiary with local beekeepers and learn what you can do to help pollinators in the city.
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Museum Ghost Tours

October 29, 2016

Explore the haunted past of the National Building Museum. See a different side of the Museum on this lantern-light tour.
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Offsite Tour: Museum of the Bible

October 27, 2016

Tour the new Museum of the Bible, which will feature a private collection of more than 40,000 biblical antiquities, rare texts, and other artifacts. David Greenbaum and Marcus Wilkes, both with SmithGroupJJR, and Jared Oldroyd, with Clark Construction, lead a tour of the museum, which is housed in a former refrigerated warehouse, and will feature monumental Jerusalem stone columns, a 40'-high and 150'-long ceiling, 40'-tall bronze panels complemented by a large stained glass window, and a scrolled two-story addition clad in glazing.
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Design Matters with Debbie Millman and Abbott Miller

October 26, 2016

Design Matters podcast host Debbie Millman speaks to Abbott Miller, graphic designer and writer, and a partner at Pentagram, about design for the built environment.
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Offsite Tour: Washington Latin Public Charter School

October 1, 2016

Tour the Martha C. Cutts Gymnasium at Washington Latin PCS, the first building in Washington to use cross laminated timber.
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