Thursday, May 10, 2007

nbm

one more museum and set of pictures to share from our recent trip to d.c. although the national building museum opened its doors in 1985 it was only a few years ago that I 'discovered' its existence. now that I know it exists and how convenient it is to get to, it has become a favored spot to check out if I have some free time. on monday, however, our trip to the nbm was planned as we were most interested in the current exhibit: 'the green house: new directions in sustainable architecture and design.' the exhibit is fantastic and if you are interested you best plan a visit to d.c. quickly as the exhibit will be pulling up stakes in late june. if you can't make it to d.c. just click the link above and you can experience the exhibition on-line.

for me this museum is a treat as it brings together interesting exhibits on design, engineering, architecture, and urban planning. however, even if that kind of thing isn't one's cuppa tea, the building which houses the museum is an experience in an of itself. the museum is housed in spectacular structure. originally built to house the pension bureau, over the years the building has been the headquarters for many different government agencies before its current purpose as a museum. inside and out the building is a marvel of design and engineering. an exterior frieze (measuring 1200 feet long and 3 feet tall) surrounds the entire building. inside the first thing that strikes the visitor are the eight colossal corinthian columns, at 75 feet in height, these columns are among the tallest interior columns in the world!

a couple tidbits from the current exhibit which reinforces the belief that we need to think "GREEN" and embrace sustainable practices: 1) an individual in the US consumes 6 times the amount of energy than the world average and the US with less than 5% of the world's population comprises 23% of the world's total energy use. 2) the world's oil reserves are expected to last about 40 more years; natural gas reserves may last 67 years. 3) every year sprawling development engulfs 1 million acres of open space and less than 20% of the world's old growth forests remain today.

2 comments:

jenclair said...

This would certainly be a highlight if I ever get to D.C. What a beautiful building and what spectacular interiors!

Shocking to read the statistics of our conspicuous consumption. I'm glad that they are receiving attention (finally!) in the newspapers, magazines, and various television documentaries! Being conscious of what we can do to improve things is important.

kimy said...

yes, hopefully the attention (yes, finally) to these issues will generate the type of change that is necessary! people either need to change or we're going down in a handbasket! I'm an optimist and do believe that people will change and step up (although for many it may be reluctantly)