Metropolis — creating a city in the clouds

Jillian Godsil
7 min readAug 11, 2022

An interview with co founders and siblings Rania and Rashid Ajami

From the Andrews Sisters to the Jackson Brothers, sibling harmonies are well known and respected. In business too, family run operations head some of the best known ABC & Son/Daughter combinations — but what happens when you take two artistic siblings and merge them into one business? Metropolis World is the answer.

Metropolis World, a soon to launch curated metaverse platform, differentiates itself from other metaverse platforms due to its design aesthetic: its cities are created digitally by hand and every property is a unique standalone piece of art. Unlike the majority of NFT collections Metropolis is not utilizing generative art to create the actual cities.

This attention to detail and unique approach is very much driven by the twin and diverse artistic backgrounds of the two Ajami siblings.

Rania — filmmaker

Award winning filmmaker Rania came to prominence while still in film school. She stumbled across the elite female bodyguard corps employed by Libyan dictator Qaddafi, nicknamed the Amazons in Europe. Rania travelled to Libya against the advice of her college professors to interview these women for award winning 2004 documentary Shadows of a Leader.