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How the Underground became mainstream

London Underground By Design by Mark Ovenden. Particular Books, €25.20. Reviewed by Brendan Daly.

17th March, 2013
The London Underground's distortion of London geography defines how we view the city. Photo: Getty

London Underground By Design


The frenetic growth of the London Underground in the early part of the 20th century created problems for its map designers. An official pocket map - the world's first - of the District line was adapted for the Underground's integrated system, but rapid expansion resulted in a congested diagram of the network.

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