On the architecture/design side of things, check out the Solar Decathalon, now on the Mall until October 16th.
The Solar Decathlon brings together 18 teams of college and university students from around the globe to participate in this unparalleled solar competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered home.So far Virginia Tech is in the lead. The winner will be announced on October 14th. I briefly walked past the houses this afternoon and it looks like a fascinating competition. Getting to view displays like this at lunch is one of the nicer perks of working on the mall. The exterior designs vary from the contemporary starkness of the Rhode Island School of Design's entry to the suburban Americana of Crowder College's design. If I get a change to actually go inside a few houses I'll report back.