How People Behave on the Subway and how Subway Seating could be Better Designed by @donnelly_b
I take the subway to the office everyday and oftentimes I find myself standing there thinking about what the most efficient subway car interior would look like. I guess that’s the architect and designer in me, but I keep trying to rethink the seating arrangement. My first thought is always that the perpendicular seats that shoot out into the middle of the train are a complete waste of space. If you’re tall (I’m 6’3”), they’re actually uncomfortable to sit in. Every time I do, I feel as if my femur is too long for the allotted space. One top of that, nobody ever wants to sit in the interior seat—primarily, I think, because they’re cumbersome to get in and out of when somebody is sitting beside you. So you end up with a countless number of cases where those benches are only half occupied. But what’s really interesting about this thought exercise is that it can’t be done with...