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The National Building Museum is one of the more underappreciated features of Washington’s cultural landscape—perhaps because the building itself has often been more interesting than the museum exhibits. But over the last year, the museum has reinvigorated its public offerings, having discovered that despite the mass migration of Americans to the suburbs, people in Washington at least still have a healthy interest in urban life. One result is an amazingly successful series of lectures called the Urban Forum, which have featured such luminaries as photographer Camilo Jose Vergara on the New American Ghetto and architecture prof/author Witold Rybczynski on why American cities aren’t like Paris. Tuesday’s forum will address “Housing in America: Prospects for the 21st Century,” with speakers including William Apgar Jr., executive director of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, and Charles Buki, director of community design at the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. Panelists will speculate on the consequences of Republican or Democratic victories in the 1996 presidential election for American housing issues. At 6 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $7. For reservations call (202) 272-2448. (Stephanie Mencimer)