Proposals Unveiled for National Museum of African American History and Culture


Speaking of architecture, as fewer big, big projects to pitch on land on firms’ desks across the world, it’s now even more exciting when such a project starts the shortlist review process. Such is the case in Washington D.C. with the proposals released for the National Museum of African American History and Culture by six firms, among them a couple of super-pairings like David Adjaye and Davis Brody Bond working with The Freelon Group and I.M. Pei and partners teaming up with Devrouax & Purnell. Though for our money, we think we’re going to side with Norman Foster‘s plans, as most of the rest seem either a) to look like most of the major museums in DC: square blocks with some disjointed piece of wobbly artsy-ness outside, or b) maybe just trying to hard to stand out. The sketches of Foster’s work seems to buck both those trends, yet we can see it fitting very comfortably into the landscape. From up top, it also looks like a huge model of the game Simon, so it has that going for it too. And there’s our bet on who will win the commission. If we are proven right, you each owe us $5 (you entered into this betting contract by first clicking on our site — sorry — you really should start reading more fine print).