The Great Subways Of The World Are Freaking Gorgeous

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There's something blissfully futuristic about subways. Maybe it's that these people-movers evoke space stations or arcologies. Or perhaps being shoved ass-to-shoulder together with strangers during rush hour unleashes some long-dormant pack instinct. Regardless, these metros are shiny.

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Designboom has a great rundown of space age subway photography, but I'm a little peeved no one gave any love to New York City. Some of fiction's finest mutants have lived down there (see: the Morlocks, Donatello), and what's more science fiction than nigh unkillable subway rodents?

[Via Designboom here and here. Photo: Stockholm via Vargklo's Flickr]

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Barcelona [via on-a arquitectura]

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Washington DC [via PFrench99's Flickr]

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Shanghai [via Erywn van der Meer's Flickr]

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Montreal [via Paul Lowry's Flickr]

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Lisbon [via Hugo N.'s Flickr]

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DISCUSSION

I'm surprised the famous, beautifully designed Soviet-era stations of Moscow (and other major ex-Soviet cities) weren't included. They don't look particularly *shiny*, perhaps, but they are impressive, and from a sci-fi perspective, have that wonderful Cold-War, Alternate-History, Totalitarian-Dystopia feel.