What Makes a Building Special?

If you were to give a tour of your school, what would you show: the trophy case, the class pictures through the years, a memorial bench? At Discovery, we often take people to the dinosaur replica in the lobby or the shark couch on the sixth floor. Sometimes people want to see the boardroom where big decisions are made.

Unless architecture is the particular focus, I would argue that what makes a building special is what’s inside: the people, the artwork, the history.

Of the People: Live from the White House

On Monday, December 16th, at 1:00pm EST, Discovery Education is starting Of the People: Live from The White House, a series of Livestream events, which will stream directly from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (a.k.a. The White House). Students who join us will get behind-the-scenes looks at this historic building, starting with the art and history contained inside. Hosted by a student and featuring the White House Curator, William Allman, this event promises to be exciting!

Join us live (and have the chance to submit questions) or catch the archive on our Livestream page shortly afterwards.

Also, we invite you to take a selfie in front of a special historical, inspirational, or artistic element at your school and share it with the hashtag #OfThePeople. We’ll be looking for your selfies!

45 comments… add one

  • Kelsie December 16, 2013, 2:22 pm

    That’s really cool!

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  • LL December 16, 2013, 3:42 pm

    wow

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  • jakob December 16, 2013, 5:46 pm

    awesome!!!

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  • DS December 16, 2013, 6:21 pm

    wow

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  • nathally December 16, 2013, 7:19 pm

    i wish i lived in the white house with my family it would be awsome.

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    • Sarah December 18, 2013, 3:52 am

      Me too

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      • Anna December 18, 2013, 11:14 pm

        me to

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        • Sarah February 4, 2014, 9:24 pm

          I didn’t know you posted on my post

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  • nathally December 16, 2013, 7:20 pm

    and sarah she is my sister

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    • Sarah December 18, 2013, 3:51 am

      That is me!

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  • Jelly December 16, 2013, 8:08 pm

    I am waiting to take the tour

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  • Ivan December 16, 2013, 8:21 pm

    awesome!!!

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  • Joseph December 16, 2013, 9:10 pm

    I really think you have a good skill in writing, you;re dynamic and thorough. I hope you become something in the writing field if you are already not. Anyways thank you Jeanette for your time and sharing your really good blog. You would probably have a great Tumblr just for your own spare time. Hope to hear about your ideas or comments.

    -Joseph

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    • Jeanette December 17, 2013, 3:36 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Joseph. I haven’t tumbled into Tumblr, yet. You have inspired me to check it out, though.

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  • Zoe December 17, 2013, 3:11 am

    i agree that its what is inside the building, not outside. I want to become an architect and I find that that is a great piece of advice for people like me. Shape a building around the use for its structure. I love your blogs. Can’t wait to see the next one!

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    • Jeanette December 17, 2013, 3:35 pm

      Wow, Zoe! Architect is one of the things I wanted to be/wish I were. Sounds like you’re well on your way with your thoughts around shaping buildings for their use. So much interesting information out there about this. What are your thoughts on extremely small house design? Or green roofing? Or school design?! Fascinating.

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  • B December 17, 2013, 8:24 pm

    That is so cool, it is amazing that people can build that!

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    • CG December 18, 2013, 2:38 pm

      omg awsome

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    • Wyatt December 18, 2013, 7:04 pm

      yea haha!

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  • Sarah December 18, 2013, 3:51 am

    Wow. My sister, Nathally, and me would love live in the white house.

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  • CG December 18, 2013, 2:36 pm

    thats sooooooooooooooooo cool :):)

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  • Owen December 18, 2013, 2:53 pm

    Really loved the information that was given in this blog. May I also add that the website is an excellent way of communicating and sharing ideas. I would like to also leave some constructive criticism. In your next blog, try to add more facts! Other than that, an amazing review all in all

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  • Bob December 18, 2013, 6:15 pm

    That’s soooo cool!!!

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  • nathally December 18, 2013, 6:52 pm

    omg imagine if there whole world lived in a white house right sarah?

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  • Sam December 18, 2013, 6:55 pm

    I wish I had a sister

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  • SC December 18, 2013, 6:58 pm

    who likes aberham lincoln

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  • T December 18, 2013, 7:00 pm

    hi bryn

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  • Wyatt December 18, 2013, 7:02 pm

    a favrote to me

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  • Abbye December 18, 2013, 9:50 pm

    Awesome!

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  • Zoe December 18, 2013, 10:38 pm

    hi Jeneatte. I believe that extremely small house design is not only extremely small, but extremely fascinating. I love when people go out of the box and make their small house into a roomy home by just using their imagination. It really shows a lot about them.

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  • Sarah December 18, 2013, 11:15 pm

    Hmmmm… I am pretty sure the white house is a famous place

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  • Sarah December 18, 2013, 11:32 pm

    I just got an enrollment for a math school near the white house.

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  • Sarah December 18, 2013, 11:34 pm

    Nathally, you are the best sister ever. You showed me this and I love it!

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  • Annika December 20, 2013, 10:19 pm

    That’s cool! when will there be more blogs?

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  • Selah December 21, 2013, 7:55 pm

    COOL!

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  • Selah December 21, 2013, 7:57 pm

    Me three.

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  • nathally January 1, 2014, 1:38 am

    Hey guys I just wanted to say happy New Year and Merry Christmas even though its already late. Has any of you seen shadow cat? She should have a blog.

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  • Tatyana (ty) January 12, 2014, 9:17 pm

    AWESOME!

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  • Dee-dee January 13, 2014, 3:27 pm

    That is really awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Dee-dee January 13, 2014, 3:28 pm

    Merry christmas to you to and happy new year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Renee January 14, 2014, 1:19 am

    I want a tour.

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  • Abbye January 14, 2014, 10:55 pm

    Awesome!!!!!! :)

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  • O January 16, 2014, 12:55 am

    #OfThePeople :D :) ;) :0

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  • Sarah February 4, 2014, 9:23 pm

    I never knew you posted on my sister’s post

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