Washington Metropolitan Design Charrette

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Program: Conceptual Study of Metro
Status: Unbuilt

The Washington Metropolitan Design Charette set out to develop ideas for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in an effort to study a capacity increase in three core stations. After a nationwide search, three Architect teams were invited to participate. Widely acclaimed as one of the most successful transportation systems in the world, the task was daunting to establish guidelines for any successful intervention into the system.

A catalog of ideas was developed to answer multiple issues the transit system was being faced with. The ideas developed were not specific to an individual station within the system. Instead, they represented levels or “orders-of-magnitude” that were applicable to all stations within the system. Each can be applied to individual stations in a rational and structured manner.