The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, has been announced as The Design Museum’s design of the year 2017, from a huge selection of that year’s best designs.
There are six broad categories to accommodate such a wide inclusion. Which range from the almost ludicrous, such as the Premier League on-air branding, to the now outdated Pokémon GO. There are the contemporaneous cultural curios like the “Pussyhat Project” and “Professional Women Emoji”. Then there are the potentially practical and useful such as the “Avy Search and Rescue Drone” and “The Pilot translating earpiece”. The latter sounds inspired from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and I thought the Babel Fish had been around since the 1970’s?
While I do appreciate there are more humanistic and beneficial designs, such as the Warka Water concept, I do like a dash of big bold architecture. But rather than the actual winner, for me it’s the Port of Antwerp.
I love the striking soaring skyline, and somehow the bold structure fits the skyline, or should that be the waterline. It would be fascinating to take the tour and discover what the inside is like, a great posthumous homage to the imaginative designer Zaha Hadid.