WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Architecture Of Metro

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.

Iconic Washington Metro Architecture

All photos © Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

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