The Art of Public Service

A century ago Frank Pick worked to make the London Underground not just efficient but also aspirational — an environment that would add dignity and delight to the daily commute. He epitomized a type of public servant — and an ideal of public service — that has since then become all too rare.

A century ago Frank Pick worked to make the London Underground not just efficient but also aspirational — an environment that would add dignity and delight to the daily commute.

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Gabrielle Esperdy

Gabrielle Esperdy is a columnist for Places. She is associate professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a columnist for Places. He is Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press and a photographer specializing in urban landscape.

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Barbara Penner

Barbara Penner is a columnist for Places. She is Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

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Despina Stratigakos

Despina Stratigakos, an associate professor at the University of Buffalo, is a columnist for Places and author of Where Are the Women Architects? and other books on architectural history.

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