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Drawing by Reem Yassin


My intervention carefully reexamines heavily used yet under-appreciated urban spaces to enhance the experiences of their users. It takes the case of underground stations, as they act as urban gateways to different neighborhoods, and hold long platforms which are very briefly but densely used. Subways play crucial transportation roles in Manhattan, but they also act as unique public spaces, distinguished by specific design characteristics. What would happen if we invested more of our energy exploring this idea of the subway as a specialized physical manifestation of public space?