1. The city center sits at the center (because, duh). 2. The center is a basic shape, like a circle or square (for visual simplicity). 3. The center is zoomed in (because that area is always congested with lines). 4. All lines must run vertical, horizontal, or at 45-degree angles (again, for visual simplicity). 5. Their angles should be smooth (to feel more familiar, city to city). 6. Their colors and connection iconography are standardized (duh again). 7. All text must be listed in local and Latin lettering (for the tourists, aka all of us).
The subtext to subway remapping projects is often “London basically got this right 80 years ago, deal with it.”— so his version of The Underground, above, is interesting food for thought.
vehovar & jauslin and formTL inflate aarau bus station canopy image courtesy of vehovar & jauslin
in aarau, switzerland, architects vehovar & jauslin with engineering firm formTL, have constructed a large floating structure that stands over the town’s bus station. supported by a steel table, the transparent canopy is made from an upper blue and lower clear ETFE-foil, printed with a bubble pattern that together creates a sinuously formed air-tight cushion that is butt-welded without visible repetition. the ‘aarau bus station’ covers an area of 1,000 square meters, with an organically-shaped void at its center that, while still functioning as a shelter for passengers, offers an open, airy and light-filled atmosphere that is otherwise not felt in transportation hubs of its kind.