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This is a well-thought out, streamline, and effective Bus/Train Stop. The safety features and envirnomental considerations are particulary impressive.
Posted Sep 15, 2009 6:09 PM by rel257

nice work...def. one of the best
Posted Sep 15, 2009 9:09 PM by COLLECTIVE-atelier

This is a very well thought out and forward thinking, particularly the consideration of recyclable materials and the use of alternative energy. I also think that this design takes a a very public place and makes it more private. Many times public transportation users seem to be on display, encased in a Plexiglas display case. This is a very thoughtful approach that remedies the situation.
Posted Sep 15, 2009 10:09 PM by nataliemroczka

Very well designed and well thought out. I am especially impressed with the use of recyclable materials and energy. I also like the fact that the designer looked into the natural element of the design in terms of garden designs and use of sunlight. Very well done.
Posted Sep 16, 2009 1:09 AM by joannar

I like the use of sustainable materials and the intention to integrate the sun's power and rainwater into maintaining the site. This also seems cost effective in the long-run. The design is simple, but well thought out to accomodate all the needs of people at a bus stop and it also seems financially reasonable to complete.
Posted Sep 16, 2009 1:09 AM by eanstey

This design stood out to me right away! It is unique and I appreciate the designers use of natural resources and recyclable materials. The eco-friendly vibe of the bus stop makes it warm and inviting. It seems extremely practical in every sense.
Posted Sep 16, 2009 2:09 AM by ashesch

I like the garden element with well chosen plants. This lends a peaceful element to a spot where people are often stressed. The use of solar power is also very effective
Posted Sep 16, 2009 2:09 AM by stewvail

I am impressed with the comprehensive solution achieved in this design. It's form is deeply rooted in enhancing and accommodating the function of a bus stop, while its materiality has positive sustainable impacts on both the macro and immediate site scales. This evokes a welcome site-specific responsiveness to a program far too often under served by utilitarian prefab bus stops.
Posted Sep 16, 2009 3:09 AM by TimmaySU

Very modern design that takes the environment and users of public transportation into thoughtful consideration.
Posted Sep 16, 2009 1:09 PM by jennhoegen

A well thought out proposal that provides a simple, modern design that blends well with any environment. The use of "green" materials, as well, as natural greenery creates an ecological balance. The design is streamlined enough to allow pedestrian flow, protection from the elements for those waiting for the bus and easy maintenance for urban crews.
Posted Sep 16, 2009 4:09 PM by mbh13035

Very practical and manageable...The atmosphere and convenience it provides will do wonders for a city... Great job Jim!
Posted Sep 16, 2009 4:09 PM by bteolis

Postives include: safety considerations, environmental impact, and asthetics Possible improvements: Anyway to offer something beyond traditional? (WI-FI, place to recharge cell phones, news or entertainment, expert advice on routing given start and end places and current conditions)
Posted Sep 16, 2009 8:09 PM by kdurston

Very modern and simple. This looks like it would be at home in a city atmosphere
Posted Sep 17, 2009 12:09 AM by kmcmanus16

Well all around and thought about project. I enjoy the simplicity of it while still seeming adaptable to various surroundings. Very well done as well with the consideration for various users and weather.
Posted Sep 17, 2009 6:09 AM by deerskin

very clean and looks easy to maintain and does not interfere with the surroundings.
Posted Sep 17, 2009 1:09 PM by lorrie

Very nice design that is both simple and elegant. Offers privacy and safety. One idea to think about with regards to feasibility is using the solar collectors to provide a spot for people to recharge portable devices.
Posted Sep 17, 2009 10:09 PM by Spridal

Good Job..
Posted Sep 18, 2009 6:09 AM by Baris

nice design
Posted Sep 22, 2009 1:09 AM by crobins

well put together but too typical
Posted Sep 24, 2009 3:09 PM by steveds

well put together but too typical
Posted Sep 24, 2009 3:09 PM by steveds

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Next Stop Design

Submitted by jhenry1634 on September 15, 2009

Design Strategy:

The design strategy objective is to unclutter the all-in-one bus stop – to create specific zones for one’s everyday routine, allowing it to be a more enjoyable space.

There are four programmatic zones: (1) seating and standing, (2) information and ticket kiosk, (3) boarding, and (4) path for those persons not using the bus stop. The street side is active; therefore, the bus stop begins to expand and contract depending on its use, whereas the rear is contained and only allows for views into the space. Near the street edge a low wall acts as a protective barrier against oncoming traffic – this same wall also features an LED display that notifies commuters of the estimated arrival time of the buses or upcoming delays.

The seating and standing area is covered to protect commuters from the natural elements because that area has a long-term use. The information and ticket kiosk is the opposite – this area is used during short amounts of time and therefore remains uncovered. The canopy of the bus stop is broken into two parts: (1) above the standing area, the canopy is solid with recessed lighting for use at night, and (2) above the seating area, the canopy opens up and the structural members are exposed, allowing natural light to filter through. On the top of the canopy, photovoltaic panels convert the sun’s energy into electricity, which is used to light the bus stop during darkness and to power the information booth. Rainwater is collected in a trough and is harvested to hydrate the surrounding landscape.

A small garden is used to connect the programmatic zones and brings a natural element to the bus stop. Using plants such as Karl Foerster or Stipa Tenuissima, the garden will be easy to maintain and drought tolerant during all seasons. By allowing the plants to grow to full size, they will help define the rear of the bus stop and add movement between the screens.

The choice and placement of material were determined base on use. The shell of the bus stop would be cast-in-place concrete using recylced aggregates. Recyled wood is used for seating and screening, providing a warm and fine texture. An unglazed porcelain tile – which has a recyled content, no additives, colorants, resins, VOCs or toxins – is used for the paving to providing a durable, high-impact, slip, scratch, stain and fade-resistant surface. By using a combination of recyclable materials, we are able to help reduce the amount of waste in our landfills.

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