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High Speed Rail Map and Board Game, 2008–14

This is a Project. It was designed by Alfred Twu. It is dated 2008–14.

Designed like a large subway map—underscoring how high speed rail could generate a similar sense of identity for the entire country, as subway systems do for their cities—the aspirational United States High Speed Rail System Map features 9 lines that aim to bridge regional and cultural divides, linking rural locations to urban centers. To accompany the map, Alfred Twu designed a board game, in which players, acting as politicians, vie to get their voters rail service first.

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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition By the People: Designing a Better America.

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