The Architecture Of Metro

The Architecture Of Metro

Kojo examines the architecture of Metro, and considers how its design conventions affect the system today.

The Washington Metro system was conceived four decades ago as an expression of "Great Society" -- an ambitious, government-funded rail system and civic space that would connect a growing capital region. The Modernist design elements, including underground stations with vaulted, concrete roofs and indirect lighting, were a significant departure from the prevailing architectural conventions seen in D.C. at the time. Kojo examines the architecture of Metro, and considers how its design conventions affect the system today.

Guests

G. Martin Moeller, Jr

Senior Vice President and Curator, National Building Museum

Zachary Schrag

Professor of History, George Mason University; author, “The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro” (Johns Hopkins University Press)

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Iconic Washington Metro Architecture

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