National Building Museum

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital: The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet In The Desert

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Washington, D.C. Premiere A philosopher, architect and urban theorist, Paolo Soleri was a man who dreamed of creating an environment in harmony with people. Born in Torino, Italy in 1919, Soleri came to America in 1946 to be mentored by Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, Arizona. Soleri soon left Wright to embark on a blazing original course of his own. While telling the story of an unprecedented artistic quest, the film documents Soleri’s legacy as an architect and environmentalist and poses critical questions about humankind's future in a world facing environmental, social and economic crises. Written and directed by Lisa Scafuro.

Discussion with filmmaker Lisa Scafuro and Susan Piedmont-Palladino, Curator, National Building Museum, follows screening.

1.5 LU HSW (AIA)

Presented as part of the D.C. Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. For more information, visit

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

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.


Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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