In 1959, Architect Constant Nieuwenhuys created a map called New Babylon which envisioned a global society unbound by geographic borders and travel restrictions. In it, citizens were free to roam through an interconnected network of cities, leading to a more accessible, unified world. New York-based collective ArtCodeData and non-profit Open Access have revisited this concept through their collaborative offering, The World Metro Map, which connects 214 public subway systems from around the world into one massive web. From Paris to Guangzhou, San Juan and Sacramento, each transit line forms an invaluable link in an international travel grid, which, in theory, could allow someone to commute from New York City to Tokyo each day for work.
The World Metro Map is offered in two sizes and is available as a paper print—with an acrylic encapsulation option for museum-ready mounting. Early backers can secure a map through Open Access’ Kickstarter, where pledges start at $29. Profits from the campaign will help fund their initiative to make traveling easier for people with disabilities through a database of accessible destinations in frequently traveled cities.
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