The maps are aimed at helping the average tourist—or local—understand how the structure of each station fits in with the surrounding architecture

Architect Candy Chan‘s Project NYC Subway aims to eliminate the disorienting feeling of climbing out of a subway station only to find that the exit you actually wanted is blocks away. The maps function essentially as X-rays that show the complete structure of each station as well as the surrounding buildings, allowing riders to gain a better perspective on the geography of their underground journey.

Some of the images contain people, trees, sculptures and other objects for scale. Chan eventually plans to expand her project to include subway stops in Brooklyn (so far she has only mapped stations in Manhattan). Later on, she hopes to incorporate her diagrams into an app that might serve as a practical guide for commuters and visitors alike, as well as an educational tool.

Herald Square (Project NYC Subway)

Columbus Circle (Project NYC Subway)

Project NYC Subway


Lead Image: Times Square (Project NYC Subway)

Architect Candy Chan‘s Project NYC Subway aims to eliminate the disorienting feeling of climbing out of a subway station only to find that the exit you actually wanted is blocks away. The maps function essentially as X-rays that show the complete structure of each station as well as the surrounding buildings, allowing riders to gain a better perspective on the geography of their underground journey.

Some of the images contain people, trees, sculptures and other objects for scale. Chan eventually plans to expand her project to include subway stops in Brooklyn (so far she has only mapped stations in Manhattan). Later on, she hopes to incorporate her diagrams into an app that might serve as a practical guide for commuters and visitors alike, as well as an educational tool.