Andrew Ellicott's revision of L'Enfant's 1791 plan for the "Federal City", later Washington City, District of Columbia (Thackara & Vallance, Philadelphia, 1792}.

What is a Placemaker?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

By Patrick Kraich, Public Programs Coordinator Placemakers are transformers. They can look at a space and see what and how it may be changed to produce a place that establishes or adds value to a city. They may not be trained architects or urban designers;...

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Round Hill Birds Eye

Collections Highlight: The Round Hill Collection

Friday, October 6, 2017

By Nancy Bateman, Registrar In 1985, Olga Hirshhorn, widow of the famous art collector and benefactor Joseph Hirshhorn, saved a Miami Herald article about the grand opening of a new museum dedicated to architecture: the National Building Museum. Olga, an accomplished art collector and supporter...

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National Building Museum to Present Making Room: Housing for a Changing America

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

New exhibition highlights innovative housing solutions in one-of-a-kind evolving installation WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the National Building Museum announced the opening of Making Room: Housing for a Changing America, an exhibition which runs from November 18, 2017 through September 16, 2018. Organized with the Citizens Housing &...

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Murray Grove interior under construction, London, UK, 2009. Photo: Will Pryce. Courtesy Waugh Thistleton Architects.

Timber City material gets a new life

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

By Zachary Levine, director of Exhibitions & Collections What would you do with 23,000 pounds of wood? If you visited the Museum in the last year, you couldn’t have missed the monumental pylon and beam in the Great Hall. They were part of the Timber...

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