ABOUT THE PROJECT

Like most New Yorkers I am constantly amazed and annoyed by the city's subway system, and Project Subway NYC is a product of this love-hate relationship. It is a collection of sketches, photographs, and architectural drawings.

There is a lot to love and to hate about the subway, but I am specifically interested in the STATIONS themselves - signs, stairs, turnstiles, tunnels, platforms, escalators, and the space... in other words, anything between the streets and the trains.

Curiously, with the overwhelming amount of information available to us today, a three-dimensional representation of the stations does not exist. I first challenged myself to document the stations simply because I thought it is something the city can use, but as the project develops, what set out to be a straightforward, mechanical exercise of surveying and drawing gradually turned into a journey of observation, discovery, and amusement.

I hope the drawings will make way-finding in this giant maze a little easier. On top of that, I hope this project as a whole will give you a new perspective, a new way of understanding, and perhaps a new found sentiment, for this mystifying world under one of the most dynamic cities in the world.

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ABOUT ME

Hi! I am Candy Chan, an NYC-based architect. I design buildings and interiors for a living, but I am also passionate about photography, graphic design and data visualization.

In my spare time, I enjoy gardening illegally on my fire escape, playing with my friend's dog Coffee (the one in the picture), and debating between taking the subway and riding the citibike.

I am a licensed architect in the state of New York and I hold a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Email me at cchan.design@gmail.com.


INSPIRATIONS

List of people and projects that inspired me to start drawing

< NYC BASIC TIPS AND ETIQUETTE >

by Nathan W. Pyle, available here.
When I saw this diagram for tip #14 I was like, I have to draw something like this for EVERY station!

< ALL THE BUILDINGS IN NEW YORK >

by James Gulliver Hancock, available here.
Really really pretty drawings. Cute, fun yet detailed and realistic. What's not to love?
 

< WINDOWS OF NEW YORK >

by José Guízar, check it out here.
Another draw-all-of-them project, of a smaller scale. This has encouraged me to look up and notice every little detail when I wander in the streets. And I love the colors!


OTHER NYC SUBWAY PROJECTS

< EXIT STRATEGY NYC >

An app that helps you get around in the stations faster. Check it out here.

< NY TRAIN PROJECT >

by sametomorrow.com, check it out here. Illustrations of the signs in the stations.

< PENN STATION ATLAS >

Similar concept with Exit Strategy NYC, but for Penn Station only. Not available for purchase yet though. Check it out here.


BIBLIOGRAPHY / REFERENCES

< MADE IN TOKYO >

by  Junzo Kuroda and Momoyo Kaijima, Available here.

< DIGITAL MODELLING FOR URBAN DESIGN >

by  Brian Mcgrath, Available here.

< CITIES WITHOUT GROUND >

by  Adam Frampton, Jonathan D. Solomon, and Clara Wong, Available here.