John Tauranac '53

Posted October 12, 2011


Don't miss NY Historian and cartographer John Tauranac's maps and commentaries in “New York from the Air,” an amply-sized book of stunning arial photography by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. See some of the photos in the NY Times. ABC News reports.

John was chairman of the design committee that created the current subway map in the1970's. He comments on the latest revision. Also, take a look at his commentary on the standard Helvetica type for New York subway signs.

John Tauranac writes on New York's architectural history, he teaches the subject at NYU's School of Continuing & Professional Studies, and he designs maps. His books include "The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark," which was published by Scribner; "Elegant New York: The Buildings and the Builders, 1885-1915," which was published by Abbeville. Tauranac was the design chief of the official New York City Subway Map in 1979, and these days he designs and publishes his own maps, including "Manhattan Block By Block: A Street Atlas." He was awarded a Commendation for Design Excellence for his contribution to the 1979 subway map by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Transportation, he was designated a Centennial Historian of the City of New York by the Mayor's Office in 1999, and NYU presented him with a Great Teacher's Award in 2005.

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