It’s no secret that Pittsburgh likes to be No. 1, and it is again as a local graphic design team has won a coveted international award for most intelligible subway map. This is the first year Pittsburgh has entered and it reportedly won by a mile, with Seoul a distant second and five-time champion Tokyo having to settle for third place.
World-class architect and contest judge Stelios Papastathopoulos said there was something about the Pittsburgh entry he found utterly compelling.
“I’ve never been to Pittsburgh but after looking at this map I felt at one with your subway system in a way I’ve never felt with any other subterranean transportation network.”
He credits the strength of Pittsburgh’s graphic design community for being able to render a subway system with such clarity.
“It must be something in the water.”
The contest is only for true subway systems, so above grade stations are excluded. Mayor Dan Peduto was ecstatic that Pittsburgh prevailed against traditional subway map design heavyweights like New York, London, Paris and Beijing.
“First the Stanley Cup and now this. Truly this is turning into a banner year for us.”