Riding the metro underground can be boring as dirt. Pretend all you want that youre tiny and zipping around a giant humans circulatory system, a la Fantastic Voyage – eventually the blah concrete surroundings, lights whizzing past in a sleep or nausea-inducing monotony, and hermetic A/C hum forces many riders to reach for a book or iPod.
But a band of London designers at the Royal College of Art believes that traveling under the earth can be a lively jaunt, with a little technological help. Theyve birthed a concept called “Canopy” that would turn the ceilings of train cars into real-time reflections of whats passing by overhead: towering buildings, frizzy trees and all. There would even be clouds and rain to show the current weather conditions. And a few advertisements, of course, to help fund the unusual project.
I always advise people travelling to Rome or Paris to avoid the subways, because of all the great stuff they’re missing zooming atop them. This is a cute little compromise.