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214 cities, 5 continents unified in one single map.
214 cities, 5 continents unified in one single map.
214 cities, 5 continents unified in one single map.
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The idea was inspired by a 1959 map created by the Architect Constant Nieuwenhuys. He called his idea 'New Babylon.' an imaginary borderless system the size of the entire planet were people can travel without restrictions. (more info here and here )

"The frequency of each man's movements and the distances he will cover depend on decisions he will make spontaneously" -Constant Nieuwenhuys.

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The World Metro Map

NewYork based Collective ArtCodeData revised this idea to create a map that represents human mobility. The inner life of cities is made of their subways. What would happened if all the lines in the world would be reunited in a single system. Since the tube is the veins and circulatory system of the 'animal-city' if we gather all those possibilities, we could achieve a total circulatory entity?

The result is a digital collage that contains 214 metro/subway systems. Totaling 791 lines and 11,924 stations . Every line in this map represents lines and stations in the real world, however all the lines are interconnected in a way that they all form a mega subway system. You can create routes from Times Square Station NewYork all the way to  Beijing National Library Station in China.

Some of the included cities (see complete list below)
Some of the included cities (see complete list below)

"Everything should remain possible, everything should be able to happen. The environment is created by the activities of life not the other way around. " -Constant Nieuwenhuys (1)

The intersection Between Paris and New York
The intersection Between Paris and New York
The intersection between New York, Moscow and Sao Paulo
The intersection between New York, Moscow and Sao Paulo
The intersection between Berlin and Tokyo
The intersection between Berlin and Tokyo
Important Note: This map is a Work in Progress, The final result will thoroughly be inspected.
Important Note: This map is a Work in Progress, The final result will thoroughly be inspected.
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The map comes in 2 different sizes, 40x30 and 60x45, size A is the perfect size for rooms and studios, size B is perfect for living rooms and meeting rooms. Both A and B sizes can be encapsulated with museum quality materials to keep them perfect for years ahead.

OPTION 1. Printed in Paper

High resolution print using inks that won't fade and paper that won't turn yellow through the years. The map is sent in a mailing tube and ships anywhere in the world.

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OPTION 2. Printed + Acrylic Encapsulation

In case you want something ready to be hanged, the acrylic encapsulation option is right for you. This technique used by galleries and Art museums around the world guarantee high intensity colors and that it stays perfect for years to come.

Who is behind this Kickstarter Campaign?

We are an initiative called "Open Accessibility" selling a map to fund our operations.

And what is Open Accessibility Initiative?

Open access is an initiative created by a group of individuals interested in facilitating travel for people living with disabilities.

How do we plan to reach your goal?

We plan to reach our goal by simply creating a large database of accessible environments in frequently travelled cities. We will accomplish this by physically entering facilities and gathering specifications that make a facility accessible.

But doesn't Google Maps or Yelp have this kind of info already?

No, and that’s exactly the problem, ‘accessibility’ information in online maps and booking websites are extremely ambiguous if existent at all. Our initiative will allow us to gather a minimum of 50 accessible points that will help facilitate travel plans for people living with disabilities.

Some of the aspects we include:

"where is your ramp located? are the door frames and hallways wide enough for a wheelchair? are there elevators in the building? Are the bathrooms accessible? do the bathrooms have one or two grab bars? where are these grab bars located? is there transportation services accessible to wheelchairs on your location? do they have hearing impaired services?"

Why is this important to us?

Because as a fellow traveler we feel that everyone should have the right to enjoy traveling, including the ease of information accessible to travelers. Currently finding information on the best hostel, most accommodating hotel, the best view or even the best continental breakfast is so easy to find. Website blast their cheap prices directly to our emails on a regular basis. However, information on accessibility to a location is still limited. People are left having to call, email and that can be a total waste of time. OA believes that if the need for information about anything that facilitates life is out there then it should be shared.

Open Data

All the data we collect will be available for free under a Creative Commons Attribution License. If you have a computer or Smart phone you will be able to consult it via our website and if you are a programmer you'll be able to connect it to your own website or app via an API.  

What technologies are you using to collect and distribute the data?

We use Myring.io platform to: 

  • Organize our team of collaborators across US and different countries.
  • Merge hundreds sources of divergent data into one single dataset
  • Pay collaborators for collected data.
  • Manage Data Licenses
  • Query all our data (Elastic Data)
  • Expose the data to the world via a REST API
If you are a developer interested in using Open Accessibility Data for your website or App please contact us, we would love to talk with you.

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Credits:

Image used on the video:
Constant, Symbolic Representation of New Babylon, 1969, Photo Tom Haartsen, ©Constant / Fondation Constant c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2015

Music :

"Hep Cat jive". Composed performed and produced by Geoff Harvey and Chris Martyn . Visit  http://www.purple-planet.com to know more about this talented musicians.

Notes:

 1. Written by Constant, for the exhibition catalogue published by the Haags gemeentenmuseum, The Hague, 1974.

2. Original Text by Constant:  http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic709752.files/WEEK%207/CNieuwenhuis_New%20Babylon.pdf

Risks and challenges

-In order to send the Posters to print we need to gather a minimum of funds. The biggest risk we face is not achieving to do so.

-We want to be able to send the map anywhere in the world, and that's going to be our biggest challenge. Specifically the Acrylic Encapsulation is particularly difficult to package and send. However we are committed to make it happen.

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