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SPG - Tour of "Making Room - Housing for a Changing America"

March 23, 2018
3:45 PM EDT - 5:00 PM EDT
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National Building Museum
401 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001
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National Building Museum Curator Chrysanthe B. Broikos will lead a tour of the Museum's stunning exhibit, Making Room: Housing for a Changing America, which explores cutting-edge housing typologies for America's changing demographics through case studies and the presentation of The Open House—a flexible, 1,000-square-foot home designed for the exhibition by architect Pierluigi Colombo. The Open House features a hyper-efficient layout, movable walls, and multifunctional furniture, allowing the space to meet the needs of a variety of today’s growing but underserved households. 

Check-in at the admissions desk in the Great Hall and pick up your wristband. The tour begins promptly at 4:00 PM and ends at 5:00 PM. "Debrief" after the tour with a no-host happy hour at a nearby watering hole. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how hyper-efficient layout, movable walls, smart technologies, and multifunctional furniture allow The Open House to meet the needs of a variety of today’s growing but underserved households.
  2. Experience how The Open House's design can accommodate morphing households without altering the structure or the layout, within a 1000-square-foot footprint.
  3. Explore new housing options that can support aging-in-place with diminished physical or cognitive abilities.
  4. Learn about other innovative approaches to housing such as micro-apartments, shared housing, cohousing and others.


The National Building Museum is located directly across the street from the F St exit of the Judiciary Square station on the Metro’s Red Line. The museum is also two blocks from the F St/Capitol One Arena exit of the Gallery Place/ Chinatown station on the Metro’s Yellow/Green/Red Line- take a left on F St upon exiting the Metro (you will walk the length of the arena)

Please note that registration for this special curator-led tour is free for AIA members and $10 for non-AIA members; however, ALL attendees must purchase regular price adult admission to the museum ($10) at the door, unless you are already a member of the National Building Museum. Consider becoming an NBM member today and attend this tour for free! NBM offers a variety of membership tiers. Click here to join.

   AIAPV members earn 1 point!


$0.00 AIAPV Member - SPG Tour of "Making Room"

$0.00 Other AIA Chapter Member - SPG Tour of "Making Room"

$10.00 Non-Member - SPG Tour of "Making Room"



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