The Green House: the Exhibition

Established in 1980, the National Building Museum "is America's premier cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning.... An ingenious system of windows, vents, and open archways allows the Great Hall to function as a reservoir of light and air. The impressive Italian Renaissance design, with a central fountain and eight colossal Corinthian columns - among the tallest interior columns in the world - has also made the Great Hall a sought-after spot for gala events." One gala event coming up: "The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design". When we raved about the book with the same name, we did not realize it was the catalogue for the show. It threw down the gauntlet: "green architecture often has "no edge, no, buzz, no style" often "populated by the self-righteous and the badly dressed". If the book reflects the show then it is not to be missed. And, there is a replica of a Glidehouse. why a replica and not the real thing? it's too big to get through the door. ::National Building Museum Washington May 20, 2006 - June 3, 2007

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