Design/Architecture Briefing— Global


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

New tube


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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