2024 SEGD Exhibition + Experience Design – Wednesday Pre-Event Tour

Jun 19, 2024
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National Building Museum
F Street Northwest 401
Washington, District of Columbia
United States
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Join us for an exclusive peek into the Building Stories exhibit at the National Building Museum! This optional tour is available on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 19. This tour requires separate registration. Transportation to and from the tour is on your own. Space is limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis. Tour participants will receive an email with tour details before the event. After the tour, head over to Bar Spero at 250 Massachusetts Ave NW Suite 155, Washington, DC 20001 for an informal gathering. This casual meet up is not officially sponsored by SEGD, but it provides an opportunity for us to connect with each other!

Building Stories brings kids and adults alike on an immersive exploration of the world of architecture, engineering, construction, and design found in the pages of children’s books. Geared toward an intergenerational audience, with special attention paid to children in grades K-3 and their parents and caregivers.

Curated by the nation’s leading expert on children’s literature, Leonard Marcus, Building Stories is the first national exhibition to call attention to the built environment’s role as an important, and often overlooked, character in children’s literature. By activating these stories and their built worlds, and the early foundations for how we begin to understand our surroundings, Building Stories allows visitors to investigate the role the built environment plays in our own lives and communities—and how we can be agents of change for its more sustainable, equitable future.

The exhibition encourages visitors to interact with familiar classics and new favorites through hands-on activities, media installations, sketching, reading, and building stories of their own. Award-winning author/illustrators David Macaulay and Oliver Jeffers have collaborated on this exhibition to create original environments that will offer insight into their creative processes and engage visitors to better understand the worlds created in books and encourage their role in making a better world.