From the birth of Instagram to the death of Zaha Hadid, these moments shaped the design landscape of the last decade
By Katherine McGrat
When this December turns to January, we’ll be entering not only a new year but a new decade, leaving behind the 2010s, for better or worse. A lot has happened in the past 10 years—at the beginning of this decade, the iPhone had not yet reached ubiquity, President Obama was in the sophomore year of his first term, and most design news and inspiration still came largely from the printed page. A lot has come to pass in the design world since January 1, 2010, but we’ve narrowed down the most important moments that stood out among the rest.
When the #MeToo movement unveiled decades of sexual assault and power abuse in the entertainment industry, it was only a matter of time before it came for the design world. Five women came forward with stories detailing alleged sexual harassment by architect Richard Meier as reported in the New York Times, and many others made allegations on an accusatory list that made the rounds. While only a few names were made public, the fallout from the list has sparked change and reparations. (Meier apologized in a statement to the Times, saying he was “deeply troubled and embarrassed” by the accusations, and later stepped down from the leadership of his firm.) (2018)
At long last, the design world was given a U.S.-based forum to discuss contemporary architecture, with the 2015 inauguration of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Dreamt up by then mayor Rahm Emanuel, the biennial seeks to rival that of Venice’s, with an international roster of committee members that includes David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang, Frank Gehry, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, among others. (2015)
The birth of the world’s most popular photo sharing app at the beginning of the decade has had an immeasurable effect on design, radically changing everything from how we gather inspiration, the rate at which trends come and go, how architects and designers attract new clients, and dismantling institutional hierarchies, among other things. The platform has also given rise to an Instagram aesthetic; everything from products and furniture to fair booths and entire structures have been designed to attract attention on the app, no doubt creating a ripple effect throughout the industry. (2010)
Read about all 10 HERE >>>> Source: Architectural Digest The Most Important Design Moments of the Last 10 Years