Ten Shades of Green

New museum exhibit explores green building as the savior to the universe, or at least earth.
By Meghan Stromberg, Senior Editor | January 30, 2001
A new exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., explores green building as a viable and vital solution to the problem of Earth’s vanishing natural resources.

Ten Shades of Green, which opened at the beginning of December, highlights ten examples—from low-cost public housing to an art museum to a collection of North American houses—that show that green building is not about using certain "green" products or applying one principle of sustainability here and there, but rather is a holistic design approach to the design of an entire building or community.

Each of the focus projects helps identify a key issue in creating "fully green architecture," including energy efficiency, recycling, the use of easily renewable resources, long-term value and the health and happiness of the building’s occupants.

The exhibit, organized by the Architectural League of New York, will be on view through February 14, 2001. The National Building Museum was created by an act of Congress in 1980 as a private nonprofit institution that examines and interprets American achievements in building through exhibitions, education programs and publications. For more information, call 202/272-2448 or visit the museum’s web site at www.nbm.org.