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Design/Architecture Briefing— Global

Preface

A revamp for the Warsaw metro, innovative bike mapping in London and a Q & A with analyst Aaron Renn.

Aaron Renn, Alfred Herrhausen Society, Artek, Klein Dytham Architects, Niko von Saurma, Noise, Warsaw metro

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Poland [TRANSPORT]

Warsaw’s metro system is set for an upgrade in 2012, with a fleet of 35 new trains designed by the BMW subsidiary DesignworksUSA for Siemens. The new Inspiro train cars have a futuristic exterior with faceted edges, trapezoidal windows and lighting around the doors that drains away like an hourglass to indicate how long passengers have left to board.

The interior has a distinctly Scandinavian feel. Wooden seating (cantilevered to maximise the space) and wooden vertical rails shaped like branches lend a natural touch while…

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