I’m a big fan of these speculative subway maps in which underground transportation systems have been projected for landscapes in which their actual construction would be absurd.
[Image: A speculative future subway map by Transit Authority Figures].
Indeed, in many cases, constructing a subway in these sites—Acadia National Park, for instance, seen above, or Martha’s Vineyard—would not only be technically ridiculous, or simply surreal, it would be a disaster.
[Images: Maps by Transit Authority Figures].
Designed by Transit Authority Figures, there are currently nine posters to view (and purchase).
[Image: By Transit Authority Figures].
Hopefully more maps are forthcoming—and it would be great to see more sites outside of New England. A subway for Rocky Mountain National Park, say, or the Galapagos. How about the Greek island of Patmos, where St. John so famously experienced his revelation? Or mechanized travel beneath the Antarctic base at McMurdo. Marrakech. The Florida Keys.
Keep your eye on the Transit Authority Figures’ poster page to see what might come next.
10 thoughts on “Speculative subways for landscapes with no need for them”
I would love to see the Florida Keys' subway, too. The people and architecture of the Florida Keys are fascinating because the land is almost not there. How and why are people living there, especially given the Keys' short life expectancy? 🙂
I'd like to have seen this get even more speculative. Middle Earth high-speed rail?
This is a 'fantasy' map of the Washington DC subway, which includes some real lines and some proposed lines.
If the artist made a Middle Earth high-speed rail map, they would probably sell 10x more compared to their other designs. There are more Tolkien nerds than transportation nerds. 🙂
This project has reminded me distantly to the following:
A friend of mine, a fellow landscape architecture student, made an abstract subway map for the Cornell campus:
Ooh, ooh. I made one for Nevada City, California. It's here.
Please, someone one for Georgia's Golden Isles (Jekyll, St. Simons, Sea & Little St. Simons)! So absurd.
Better yet: Sapelo Island, which is currently only reachable by boat.
geez I didn't know so many other people like subway maps this much too.
We need subways everywhere, running down the mid-Atlantic trench and through jungles, from island to island, and when underwater we need the tubes to be clear, because dammit, that would be awesome.
I bet even the bums on the Middle Earth line would be epic.
Can you please make ones for phoenix, Salt lake city, and new orleans? Thanks!