National Building Museum

Designing for Disaster

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Riggs Ward Design worked with the National Building Museum during the master planning phase of the exhibition entitled Designing for Disaster. The goal of the exhibit is to educate visitors about the efforts, strategies and technologies adopted by planners, designers, engineers, and communities to lessen the impact of natural disasters. Visitors will investigate the impact of, and response to, volcanoes, wildfires, earthquakes, landslides, tornadoes, flooding, sinkholes, and hurricanes. Showcasing innovative research, demonstrating cutting-edge materials and technologies, and illuminating complex planning strategies and policy issues, the exhibition will encourage visitors to take a second look at their built environment and their relationship to disaster planning and prevention. The exhibition will communicate to various audiences including the general public, industry experts, and policy-makers.


National Building Museum


Washington, DC

Our Role

Concept Development
Exhibition Design
Master Planning


Washington Post
Disaster Philosophy

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