National Building Museum

DC Environmental Film Festival: A Necessary Ruin: The Story of Buckminster Fuller and the Union Tank Car Dome (USA, 2009, 30 min.)

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When it was completed in October 1958, the Union Tank Car Dome, ostensibly designed by the visionary Buckminster Fuller, was the largest clear-span structure in the world. A Necessary Ruin relates the compelling narrative of the dome’s history. A discussion with Fuller expert Jonathan Marvel and filmmaker/landscape architect Evan Mather, ASLA, follows the film. Presented as part of the DC Environmental Film Festival.  For more information visit  www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org1.5 LU (AIA)

Preceding the film will be a screening of The Charlottesville Downtown Mall (running time 10:14). Submitted by filmmaker Karl Krause, this short film was a winner of the museum’s Your Great Green Places film contest.

$10 Members; $10 Students; $12 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

The Museum's Shop is open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Firehook Cafe is also open for one hour prior to the start of the program, offering sandwiches, soft drinks, tea and coffee and sweet treats. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.


Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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