January 28, 2022
9 Stories About Design at the Olympics
Over the years, Metropolis has paid close attention to the architecture and design of the Olympic games because these international mega events offer insight into the state of design globally. We have explored the Games’ rich graphic design history, pored over splashy stadia designed by the biggest names in architecture, and we have taken a critical look at the mixed impact of the games on the urban fabric of their host cities. Perhaps most importantly, we have explored how the games could be designed to be more sustainable, by reusing existing infrastructure, avoiding mass evictions, and moving away from a paradigm of building massive projects that will be filled to capacity only once.
A School From the 1860s Is Transformed into a Museum of Language
Beyer Blinder Belle reimagined the Franklin School in Washington, D.C., as Planet Word, the world’s first voice-activated museum of language.
The Adjaye Associates–Designed Basquiat Exhibition Looks Beyond the Myth of the Icon
The exhibition recreates the artist’s childhood home in Brooklyn, downtown studio, and the Michael Todd VIP Room at New York’s 1980s-era Palladium nightclub.
Retracing the Painting Career of OMA Cofounder Zoe Zenghelis
Long overshadowed by her male counterparts, an exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art offers a corrective, reframing the full scope of this artist’s work.