African American Museum

The competition is on for the national African-American Museum in Washington, DC. The Smithsonian Castle is showing how the story of Black history will be told for the future.

My architect husband and two friends and I took a long look around the exhibit of the top six finalists for the museum. Three agreed that there were two that they hope would not be built because they did not respect the environment in which they would be placed. Another was eliminated due to the hard concrete wall that pedestrians would see as they walked past. A fourth, the Diller Scofidio and Renfro, in association with KlingStubbins, submitted a table-shaped building wrapped in glass, did not please half the crowd. Everyone thought the design too adventurous for the tastemakers of Washington, DC).

The top two were the Moshe Safdie and Associates’ hull design and the design by Sir Norman Foster and The Freelon Group.

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