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James Czyz

Thesis Fall 2012


Maps, grids, indicators, signs and any other type of wayfinding devices all keep us informed of the space around us. They keep us moving where we need to go and even inform us things we did not know.

Czyz ON DISPLAY IN MUSEUMS, AMUSEMENT PARKS, IN CORPERATIONS, James Thesis Fall 2012 RESORTS, MOVIE THEATERS, BATHROOM SPACES AND EVEN CEMETERIES


With such a large city, the 4th most populated in the world, It can be quite challenging and even intimidating trying to navigate around all the towns and Boroughs of New York City. Being so large, why is there not a clear and unified navigation system that walking pedestrians can rely on? Are we forced to use train and bus maps?

Czyz WHAT TRAINS ARE NEAR? WHICH WAY IS WEST? WHERE IS BROADWAY? James Thesis Fall 2012 WHAT NEIGHBORHOOD IS THIS? ARE THERE ANY PARKS NEARBY? A MALL?


DOES THIS REALLY HELP YOU FIND YOUR WAY? THE DOWNTOWN FINANCIAL DISTRICT HAS A WAYFINDING SYSTEM, EVEN HERALD SQUARE? WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REST OF NEW YORK CITY?

James Czyz

Thesis Fall 2012


THE CHALLENGE With 22 Million residents and 40 Million tourists a year, New York City is a major urban landscape that is always moving and changing. Hosting so many visitors unfamiliar with their new environment as well as residents adapting to using subway maps, it is no wonder why New York City never sleeps, we are all lost! Surveys indicate: 9% of New Yorkers and 27% of visitors admitted being lost 13% of New Yorkers weren’t familiar with the area they were in 27% of visitors couldn’t name the borough 31% of all trips are made on foot

PROJECT BRIEF By creating a clear, layered and comprehensive pedestrian way finding navigation system I plan to address an obvious problem that diminishes a New Yorkers way of life as well as any visitors stay within the five boroughs of New York City.

W H E A R E W E ? James Czyz

Thesis Fall 2012


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Crosswalks? Curbside? Sidewalks? Train stations? Trains? Bus stops? Buses? Parks? Taxi Cab? James Czyz

Thesis Fall 2012


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