Committee Critiques African American Museum Plans | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Committee Critiques African American Museum Plans

Play associated audio

By Jamila Bey

Regional advisers had an opportunity to weigh in on the proposed design of the Smithsonian's Museum of African American History and Culture.

While the National Capital Planning commissioners praised the design, but they also listed several concerns:

How well would it would fit with the other monuments on the Mall?

How aesthetically pleasing will be the museum's golden color and nighttime lighting scheme?

Would the five acre building make the adjacent museum of Natural History appear diminutive by comparison?

Lead architect, David Adjaye, says he's not at all disheartened by the scrutiny.

"For me, this is the dream commission of my life I know it's very tough situation but I'm so honored to be making what I think will be a very important part of completing the cultural artifacts of the Washington Mall grounds," Adjaye says.

The architects have six months before commissioners look at their final plans. The museum is expected to open in 2015.

NPR

Desperate To Speak: How Emily Blunt Found Her Voice

The actress stars in the new film Into The Woods, in theaters Thursday. On screen she's a natural. But as a kid, she had a stutter so severe she could hardly say her own name.
NPR

A History Lesson On The Philippines, Stuffed In A Christmas Chicken

Rellenong manok is a deboned chicken filled with a jumble of ingredients. If it seems hard to pin down how this dish got all its fillings, it's because of the complexity of the Philippines' culture.
NPR

GOP Sens. Rubio, Paul Square Off Over Cuba Policy Shift

Rubio, appearing on ABC's This Week, lashed out at Paul, who has expressed support for opening trade with the island nation after a decades-long embargo.
NPR

Obama Calls North Korean Hack 'Cybervandalism'

On CNN's State of the Union, the president expanded on earlier remarks he made criticizing a decision by Sony Pictures to pull distribution of The Interview.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.