Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Strange Maps

Having spent a fair amount of time on the London underground this past summer, I thought this graphic of an imagined world-wide system, shown in the Sunday NYTimes Book Review section,  was intriguing.


An imagined train route from Oslo to Pyongyang, from STRANGE MAPS: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities (Viking Studio, paper, $30).

6 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting collection. There's something intrinsically appealing about these designs.

    Of interest to fellow brain/mind folks- here is a similar concept applying brain regions to the DC metro. http://cerebrii.com/wp-content/gallery/shirts/cnbcshirt.jpg

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  2. Michael6:30 AM

    Reminds of Martin Kippenberger's art installation "Metro-Net." He built several subway stations all over the world, mostly far away from cities in the middle of the landscape. Of course they don't lead anywhere.
    One is on a Greek island, Syros, and one in Dawson City (apparently sold now). Both stations are built in a seemingly 'traditional' local style, the one in Dawson in the style of a log cabin. Have a look here http://cityofdawson.com/kippenberger-leaves-town.html and here http://www.centreimage.ch/metronet/metronet.htm

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  5. What an extremely clever idea! That imaginary train route imposed over the major continents shows how the peoples of the world could have access to most places in the world! If such a transpo system was implemented, how would it change our notions of national borders, etc? Fascinating idea.

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  6. What an extremely clever idea! That imaginary train route imposed over the major continents shows how the peoples of the world could have access to most places in the world! If such a transpo system was implemented, how would it change our notions of national borders, etc? Fascinating idea.

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