I love art and museums, and I was excited to check out the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) as a new Atlanta resident.

Centrally located in Midtown’s Arts Center district, MODA is a design-focused museum, hosting exhibits examining topics ranging from fashion to interior design.

The current exhibit at MODA, running until August 16th, is Design for Healthy Living, an exploration of the impact of urban structures on human health and wellness.

While the museum is relatively small, the exhibit was fascinating, showing the relationship between strong urban development and healthier lifestyles.

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One section of the exhibit shows the impact of different buildings and land use around the city, including the environmental and economic impact of the Atlanta BeltLine, as well as traffic congestion issues resulting from a lack of public transportation infrastructure.

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The MODA exhibit also encourages visitors to develop and display their own plan for the future of the area surrounding Turner Field. Turner, which is the current home of the Atlanta Braves, will be moving out of downtown Atlanta and into Cobb County in 2017; plans have still not been developed for how the land around the current field will be repurposed once the Braves move locations.

My favorite part of the exhibit was a section showing how buildings in other cities have implemented master urban planning to encourage health and wellness.

For example, the Brooklyn Boulders Active Collaborative Workspace in Somerville, Massachusetts, which is featured in the exhibit, is a co-working space with multiple fitness elements to encourage employee wellness, including a 40,000 square foot rock climbing facility.

 

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While visiting the museum, we witnessed a 3D printing course; MODA holds a variety of events and educational programming, ranging from children’s coding lessons to drink & design events.

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As a note, the High Museum, the South’s leading art museum, is located right across the street from MODA. While admission is much higher (tickets are $19.50 for adults), there is a large lawn with multiple art installations that you can visit free of charge.

Roy Lichtenstein's House III
Roy Lichtenstein’s House III

Outdoor exhibits at the High include an optical illusion house by famous pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, as well as a sculpture by Auguste Rodin (of The Thinker fame).

 

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Our favorite exhibit was Los Trompos, a series of spinning tops made from woven fabric, created by Mexican artisans. The exhibit is collaborative and interactive- you can actually sit in and spin in the tops!

 

An amazing aerial photo of Los Trompos, from contemporist.com
An amazing aerial photo of Los Trompos, from contemporist.com

Visit the Museum of Design Atlanta

MODA is open Tuesday-Sunday, with extended hours on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for students with a valid ID. On the second Sunday of every month, MODA offers free admission to the museum, as well as family activities.

MODA is easily accessible from the Arts Center MARTA station, and both street and garage parking are available for a small fee.

Learn more about MODA and their upcoming exhibits here.

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