This Architect Spends His Free Time Reinventing the World’s Subway Maps

By  Rachel Nuwer
smithsonianmag.com, April 15, 2014

Jug Cerovic decided to reinvent the world’s subway system maps because of Paris. Frustrated with the city’s standard metro maps, he decided to make a new map for his own use. After Paris, he moved on to Madrid’s subway map and soon established a set of standardized rules, Slate explains:

Cerovic uses shapes to indicate symbolic forms of various cities—circles for Moscow and Paris, rectangles for Beijing and Shanghai, a stadium shape for Berlin and Seoul, South Korea, parallelograms for London and regularly spaced straight parallel lines in gridded street pattern cities like New York and Mexico City.

By assigning each city a different shape, Cerovic, a Serbian architect based in Paris, avoids homogenization and preserves each subway system’s uniqueness, the Atlantic points out. The maps are meant to act like road signs. Cerovic told the Atlantic: “They’re not the same in the whole world but they’re very similar — so if you go to another place, you’ll seem to recognize the meaning of the signs.” More…

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