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The Problem of Memorials

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Part 2 in a Series on Unbuilt Washington Monuments and memorials, laden with symbolism as they are, often generate public controversy and elicit impassioned proposals from designers. The Washington Monument is a case in point, and the structure’s magnificent simplicity belies its tortured history. Pierre...

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What Should a Capitol Look Like

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Part 1 in a Series on Unbuilt Washington Imagine you are traveling into Washington, D.C., from northern Virginia. As you approach the Potomac River, you see the tall, craggy, medieval-looking towers of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Bridge looming in the foreground, largely blocking the...

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Grace La and James Dallman: A Hunger to Build

Monday, August 29, 2011

By Andrew Caruso On September 20, 2011, the National Building Museum hosted Grace La and James Dallman of LA DALLMAN, for Spotlight on Design. National Building Museum Online. Contributor Andrew Caruso recently held a conversation with La and Dallman about their prominence among the country’s emerging...

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Women of Architecture : An interview with Annabelle Selldorf

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

In celebration of Women’s History Month in 2011, the National Building Museum hosted the annual Women of Architecture lecture, “Annabelle Selldorf: Architecture and Context.” National Building Museum Online spoke to Annabelle Selldorf about her background, design process, and role as a female architect in a male-dominated...

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The Line of Least Resistance

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

By Laura Burd Schiavo In many ways Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s was an exhibition about exhibiting. The designers and architects whose work is explored in the Museum were engaged in a decade-long project whose legacies are with us today. That project revolved...

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