Archinect - News 2017-08-17T17:50:11-04:00 Oliver Wainwright finds the National Museum of African American History "embodies its complexities and contradictions" Nicholas Korody 2016-09-15T13:12:00-04:00 >2016-12-29T13:53:20-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Standing assertively in the middle of a 15-acre lawn, between the sharp white obelisk of the Washington Monument and the colossal stone shed of the National Museum of American History, the latest arrival to this hallowed parade ground certainly holds its own. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture erupts from the ground, an inverted pagoda of three angular bronzed tiers on an all-glass base, departing from its neighbours&rsquo; sombre palette...with joyous glee.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Like the exhibitions inside it, the museum building embodies its complexities and contradictions, charged as it is with a brief and a site as impossibly fraught as the history it is telling. Despite some clunks, the result has a compelling, spiky otherness, standing on the Mall as a welcome rebuke to the world of white marble monuments to dead white men.</em></p><p>More on the newest addition to the National Mall:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Quintessential America" at play in the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What architecture means to Zena Howard, project leader of the National Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch: First Look at the Museum of African American History and Culture</a></li></ul> The “unfinished charm” of the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building Justine Testado 2016-08-26T18:01:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:32:29-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With its colorful facade, arched windows, spires and rotunda, the A&amp;I (as it's often called) is a festive relief...But despite the perky building's popularity, its reopening was hardly grand. Why so little fanfare? Lack of funding seems to be one explanation ...the building's "unfinished character is one of its charms...It hasn't always been as gently used as we would like. But that's an important part of our history &mdash; Smithsonian history and American history."</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Seagram Building after the Four Seasons: maintaining a costly landmark</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIP: Bruce Goff's Bavinger House demolished</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The race to complete the Capitol dome restoration in time for the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President</a></p> National Mall Design Competition Selects the Three Winning Teams Alexander Walter 2012-05-03T19:28:00-04:00 >2012-05-04T07:52:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="448" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today the Trust for the National Mall announced the three winning teams of the National Mall Design Competition. [...] The competition winners are: Union Square: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol + Davis Brody Bond; Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds: OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi; Constitution Gardens: Rogers Marvel Architects + Peter Walker and Partners</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Finalist Entries of DC’s National Mall Design Competition now on Display Alexander Walter 2012-04-10T20:48:00-04:00 >2012-04-16T20:46:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, the Trust for the National Mall opened the exhibition featuring the twelve final design concepts of the National Mall Design Competition in Washington, D.C. [...] The submissions, created by ten of the country&rsquo;s design heavy hitters, re-envision three prominent National Mall locations: Union Square, Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds, and Constitution Gardens.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> re-thinking the national mall Gregory Walker 2012-04-10T08:55:00-04:00 >2012-12-07T12:47:38-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"A amphitheater at the base of the Washington Monument. A glass-enclosed restaurant overlooking the Constitution Gardens pond&mdash;and a winter-time ice-skating rink where the pond currently sits. A lively new Union Square, with streams of water arching into the Capitol Reflecting Pool. Those are among the ideas that architects and designers have floated for redesigning and reviving three sites on the National Mall..."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Updated photos of the schemes to redesign parts of the Mall in Washington DC. Includes proposals from snohetta; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Ken Smith, Rogers Marvel, Peter Walker, etc.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>design by Weiss Manfredi and OLIN</em></p> Rethink. Restore. Rebuild. | Trust For The National Mall Archinect 2011-09-08T17:19:31-04:00 >2011-09-08T17:21:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The National Mall has been loved to death. It is our country&rsquo;s most visited national park, with more than 25 million annual visitors and 3,000 annual permitted events. This 700-acre park was not built to withstand this level of use and has not received adequate resources to be restored and maintained to a level befitting its role as an irreplaceable piece of our American fabric.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Trust for the National Mall today launches the official National Mall Design Competition. The 36-week contest will solicit recommendations from across the country about how to best redesign three prominent National Mall sites: Union Square, the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater, and Constitution Gardens.</p> <p> "The National Mall Design Competition is the first step in the implementation of the National Mall Plan," said Caroline Cunningham, President of the Trust for the National Mall. "The National Mall Plan is only one of four in the 220-year history of the park and the Trust is excited to steward this next chapter."</p> <p> "As one of the earliest public spaces in our nation, the National Mall's facilities and infrastructure require extensive renewal and repair to accommodate the needs of today's visitors," said Bob Vogel, the Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. "The National Mall Design Competition will be a new chapter, providing sustainable design th...</p>