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When complete, the 10-story residential building known as 475 West 18th will be the tallest structural timber building in New York City. The design by SHoP Architects was one of two competition winners of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council.

What’s New with Wood?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.— This fall, the National Building Museum will challenge the notion that wood is an antiquated building material when it opens Timber City. The groundbreaking new exhibition will demonstrate the wide range of benefits offered by cutting-edge methods of timber construction, including surprising strength,...

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Design Apprenticeship Program 15th Anniversary

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

By Lauren Wilson “There is something to be said for the value of having built something, seeing the product of one’s labors in use, putting in hard work and long hours and reaping the benefits.” —Ananda Ewing-Boyd, 17, Design Apprenticeship Program and Teen Council participant...

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Interview with Photographer Colin Winterbottom

Saturday, March 21, 2015

By Chrysanthe Broikos On November 9, 2015  National Building Museum curator Chrysanthe Broikos spoke with three distinguished D.C.-based architectural photographers—Colin Winterbottom, Maxwell Mackenzie, and Walter Smalling—whose work ranges from strict documentary and commercial work to artistic interpretation pieces of space. The program, Picturing Buildings: Line...

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Women of Architecture: Sharon Davis

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

National Building Museum Online (NBM Online): Please tell our readers a little about the history of Sharon Davis Design. Give us a snapshot of what the culture of your practice is like. How does it differ from other firms? Sharon Davis (SD): I founded Sharon...

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The Architectural Image: An Interview with David M. Schwarz

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The National Building Museum opened an exhibition titled The Architectural Image, 1920–1950: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private Collection. The person behind the collection was David M. Schwarz, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based firm David M. Schwarz Architects, which has a large portfolio of...

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