The first was that of London in 1890, followed by Budapest, Glasgow, Chicago, in 1900 that of Paris and then finally arriving in Milan in the Sixties, whose project earned the Compasso d’oro to its creators, Franco Albini and Franca Helg. The subway is perhaps the element that has most changed the appearance of our cities since the early twentieth century, making possible one of the greatest revolutions ever: allowing millions of people to travel quickly and at low cost.

The new metro network promises to revolutionize the mobility of the city, which until now has mainly relied on private transport
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Daughter of the industrial revolution that made cities grow out of all proportion, the subway is par excellence the symbol of the inclusiveness of the great world capitals and today, while its role and social value in the Covid era are being discussed, another megalopolis is is preparing to equip itself with them: the first 37 stations of Qatar Railways designed by the Dutch studio UNStudio are finally opening in Doha . This is an important change of course for a city and a country, Qatar, which in the common imagination are surrounded by an aura of splendor and above all exclusivity and which instead today decide to inaugurate three lines (the red, the green and, ça va sans dire, the gold one) with the intention of offering an efficient and reliable service that encourages.

It is with this objective that UNStudio addressed the issue, proposing a project that made use of traditional elements of local architecture which, combined with the principles of public spaces, made the use of the subway “experiential” so as to transform it into a new habit for the Doha community. Just like the Albini and Helg studio for lines 1 and 2 of the Milanese metros, UNStudio was called upon to draw up the guidelines of a manual that would allow the design of the various stations, taking care of a real branding operation that would respond flexibly at all scales of an infrastructure project. Thus was born the idea of ​​a bridge between the past and the future of Qatar for a subway which, drawing inspiration from the vast regional architectural lexicon,