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Ben O’Sullivan tackles another hole in the National Building Museum’s minigolf course, designed to help visitors think about the built environment in an entertaining way. (Ryan M.L. Young/The Washington Times)

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David Mazie, playing with his grandson Ben O’Sullivan, 6, tries to make par while playing Piranesi’s Half Pipe, a hole at the National Building Museum’s 12-hole minigolf course. All the holes were designed by area architects and designers. (Ryan M.L. Young/The Washington Times)

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Two Navy officers chat in a corner of the National Building Museum, which hosted the Commander-in-Chief's Ball on Tuesday. The Commander-in-Chief's Ball honors men and women in the military. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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The National Building Museum's upcoming "Green Community" exhibit will feature resource-conserving architecture around the world. Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, for example, is being developed with water courses, covered markets and narrow streets to adapt to its harsh desert environment.