– urbanism, communication, human centric design, Columbia University GSAPP
Columbia University, GSAPP
The chief problem that Detroit, Michigan faces today is fear. Both People living downtown and those living on the periphery are afraid of crossing the threshold between city and suburb. This anxiety is a consequence of years of mutual isolation. Detroit’s citizens fear what they do not understand – each other.
The project works toward decentralizing the center of Detroit and bringing communication into parts of the city that are currently difficult to access. A new rapid bus transit system is proposed to bring people into and out of these areas more freely, allowing these pockets of the city to further develop. The bus is designed specifically to aid communication between passengers in transit. A system is implemented where people can input information about themselves before entering the bus. This information would then be displayed within the bus, allowing people to find differences and similarities between one another, conversation is sparked where typically there is silence.
A survey and interview process was documented to provide first hand observational analysis of peoples’ response to difficult stereotypical questions. This study was undergone to obtain a better understanding of how people react to and realize their present living conditions to in order to inform a suitable design approach.