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Project Direction

Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project

National Building Museum 


Goal | Demonstrate how design and architecture fostered communities built around technological innovation, and how that design gave birth to the built environment of late 20th century.


This 3,000 square foot exhibition examined the innovative design and construction of the secret cities of the Manhattan Project -- Oak Ridge, Hanford, and Los Alamos -- the primary centers of the American effort to create the Atomic Bomb. Secret Cities traced their architectural precedents in the Bauhaus and other early modern schools, consider daily life within the cities, and addressed each city’s development since the conclusion of the Manhattan Project, and their continuing importance as centers of research and technology, now largely devoted to non-military purposes. I provided administrative support and helped guide design development and production of this exhibition. 


Learn more on the National Building Museum's exhibition website.

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