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The detailing you put into the design is really great 4*
Posted Jul 27, 2009 10:07 PM by nigelmaj

Great design, very good lines and appeal
Posted Jul 27, 2009 10:07 PM by thenanc62

Very nice proportions and detailing, a design for real people rather than architecture critics.
Posted Jul 27, 2009 10:07 PM by palazzo

Best one here!!! A design to make us feel like gods, not like rats.
Posted Jul 27, 2009 11:07 PM by mindvox

I envisage this design working well in a part of the town or city where heritage is a key concern - the curved roof certainly has architectural appeal. However, given the site on the Business Loop and thus sandwiched between car parks and modern buildings, the design might not be in keeping with the surroundings.
Posted Jul 27, 2009 11:07 PM by J Roberts

Classy looking design
Posted Jul 27, 2009 11:07 PM by ptworley

it might be appealing to designers due to the detail, but i just feel that it fades away with the surrounding, does not really stand out.
Posted Jul 27, 2009 11:07 PM by oblivion

Like the detail! Practical and friendly. Great work!
Posted Jul 28, 2009 12:07 AM by Sharon

finally a real place to catch public transportation
Posted Jul 28, 2009 12:07 AM by keenan

of all designs this one looks to have a lot detail that would fit anywhere.
Posted Jul 28, 2009 12:07 AM by destin

This design has a classic feel that will appeal to everyone.
Posted Jul 28, 2009 12:07 AM by memepreuss

Great design. The extra details are really wonderful. Also the clock is great. give a 5
Posted Jul 28, 2009 1:07 AM by silver

I think this is the best design. So much thought and creativity used.
Posted Jul 28, 2009 1:07 AM by basket

I think this is a very practical design. Not to over the top. The curved roof is great.It's very inviting.
Posted Jul 28, 2009 1:07 AM by weswarren007

Horse carriages will stop here as well?
Posted Jul 28, 2009 2:07 AM by flipflapflower

Very classy Greg! I love it!! Wow!! I truly am impressed. (Sharon Shue)
Posted Jul 28, 2009 12:07 PM by SharonforGreg

traditional look with an elegant and comfortable look with the benefit of Green Design
Posted Jul 28, 2009 1:07 PM by jbecker

Super Duper
Posted Jul 28, 2009 1:07 PM by carlap

Far and away the best design on here. Very appealling to the senses in an elegant manner! Nice work!
Posted Jul 28, 2009 1:07 PM by kaiserc69

there is real elegance in this design, simple yet beautiful, but i would suggest that you be careful in using the word 'timeless'. it is highly styled, already seeming to belong to a time already past. calling your work timeless can come across as a little arrogant. solar energy over green roof is a very informed decision too. the detail will cost money, but unlike other crazy designs it's more than do-able. this is one of the few designs in this competition that actually is a bus stop, and though its not my style and may not be the 'next' stop design, i can fully appreciate the maturity of the designers' approach.
Posted Jul 28, 2009 5:07 PM by kavbar

there is real elegance in this design, simple yet beautiful, but i would suggest that you be careful in using the word 'timeless'. it is highly styled, already seeming to belong to a time already past. calling your work timeless can come across as a little arrogant. solar energy over green roof is a very informed decision too. the detail will cost money, but unlike other crazy designs it's more than do-able. this is one of the few designs in this competition that actually is a bus stop, and though its not my style and may not be the 'next' stop design, i can fully appreciate the maturity of the designers' approach.
Posted Jul 28, 2009 7:07 PM by kavbar

bad. total pastiche design. try designing like you give a damn!
Posted Jul 29, 2009 1:07 PM by COLLECTIVE-atelier

It looks fancy but it looks like the entrance to a hotel not a bus stop, it will be strange to have something like that with modern buildings and surroundings that look less fancy than it.Also what if there is bad weather and harsh wind, will the bus stop be able to protect the waiting people as much as it can?
Posted Jul 29, 2009 2:07 PM by mlilia

Prince Charles would like it.
Posted Jul 29, 2009 3:07 PM by J Roberts

So glad to see a design where beauty and utility come together so seamlessly. The design would enhance any downtown streetscape rather than just being more street noise residents need to filter out.
Posted Jul 29, 2009 3:07 PM by HistoricShed

Simple, elegant, tasteful, classy, pleasant, functional, affordable, low-maintaince and attractive. This is the perfect design.
Posted Jul 29, 2009 5:07 PM by ronwalkr

My favorite one so far!
Posted Jul 29, 2009 9:07 PM by sally77

An comment was that Prince Charles might like it, presumably a bad thing. I think that if Charles might like it, it must be first rate. I am most impressed by the graceful swooping curves of the roof and the ornamental nature of the columns, though they could be more substantial. I also liked one comment that said the design would make us feel like gods, not like rats - a nice allusion to a famous comment about Penn Station after it was torn down and replaced by the hulk that's there now. One used to enter Penn Station like a god, and now you enter it like a rat - that's the essence of the quote. And I see someone else used the word "pastiche." Where might that person be coming from!!!
Posted Jul 30, 2009 12:07 AM by dbrussat

Great Bus Stop for the Olympics.
Posted Jul 30, 2009 1:07 AM by Hobgoblin

can i have this design to sell my toys in Disney?
Posted Jul 30, 2009 2:07 AM by mlilia

Proportional, friendly, and sensitive to the human scale. An honest and respectable entry.
Posted Jul 30, 2009 2:07 AM by tradarch kc

I don't really care if this comment costs me votes, that's not what everything is about. This is one of the worst designs on here. It does nothing to reflect the site, it has "decorative" design elements that would be more at home in an early 1980's Trump Hotel and Casino, and it has no vision as to what a future bus stop should be. The competition is called NEXT STOP, not last stop. Now as to why this design is currently the top rated and has received so many ratings in so short a time, well we would all probably like to have a website forum to post our designs on and have all of its members come vote for us, but we can't all do that.
Posted Jul 30, 2009 6:07 AM by Blutdrache

About that comment on having this posted on a forum, not real problem with that, but why not link to the main website rather than drive traffic through your design page? http://grandtradition.net/nextstopdesign-bus-stop-competition
Posted Jul 30, 2009 6:07 AM by Blutdrache

Why is it a traditional design if it uses modern building techniques? Doesn't it come off as fake? If your going to do a traditional design, why did you do one that is not of Utah traditions? Why does the solar cells that you mentioned not shown as solar cells?
Posted Jul 30, 2009 8:07 AM by Critique

Also you said that it would blend in with the city, but its of a toally different style - why? Plus how would you keep the gold colored paint from fading? Your furnitures on your website is nice though. Good luck on your future business.
Posted Jul 30, 2009 8:07 AM by Critique

Most of the other designs look like they'd be hard to maintain--that is to say, most of the other designs be a n expensive nightmare for the city to keep in good and safe condition.
Posted Jul 30, 2009 4:07 PM by sethweine

Absolutely the best design. It makes you want to take the bus!
Posted Jul 30, 2009 4:07 PM by mmantione

excellent civilized and gracious design
Posted Jul 30, 2009 11:07 PM by gromit

old skool
Posted Jul 31, 2009 4:07 PM by yomama

I think that this bus stop is gauche with its ringed medallions, clock, and bamboo columns trimmed in brass. The roof is a thoughtful element but a construction nightmare. Rid this of the brass and ornamentation, and provide some sort of side protection against the elements, and I'll average out the low score.
Posted Jul 31, 2009 6:07 PM by anonymoustache

I couldn't imagine an uglier bus stop. The gold details, the "classic" design elements. Ugly. I like classic architecture. I hate new architecture that tries to look classic. Maybe coming up with something new and original was just too hard? This design impulse is the same one that creates new houses and offices with Doric columns and pediments. Disgusting.
Posted Aug 01, 2009 4:08 PM by Ausdruck

Maybe coming up with something new and original is a concept only avant-garde fetishists would die for. Normal people deserve to get sensitive, elegant, well-detailed designs like this one, not to be the guinea pigs of some artist's self-proclaimed novelty.
Posted Aug 01, 2009 9:08 PM by palazzo

I'm not talking about puking out some Gehry or Zaha type of design, but this submittion takes a typical, mundane bus stop and adorns it with trite, decorative touches and then proceeds to call itself graceful. Ham handed and unimaginative seem more apt. It is one thing to borrow from classic architecture and design, it is another to utilize it as a "style". Rather than borrowing from the creative substance of classic design (the ideals and fundamentals behind the objects) it copies its style. The result is something that would best be left in Disneyland, or perhaps Las Vegas.
Posted Aug 01, 2009 10:08 PM by Ausdruck

OK Ausdruck, I see your point. So, what would be the ideals and fundamentals of a classic design which this one misses? (this is not a rhetorical question) I, for one, look at this model and see: adequation of means to ends (appropriate use of lightweight structure and choice of materials), functionality (admittedly could do better by sacrificing a little symmetry for the sake of protection against the wind), good proportion, and decoration that visually underlines the structural conception.
Posted Aug 02, 2009 10:08 PM by palazzo

This design is most appealing from a comprehensive point of view: It will be far less costly to build than some of the other entries, easy to maintain, it's an inviting place to wait for the bus. It has a classic look without being stuffy. I think the clock is a great touch. Nice work.
Posted Aug 03, 2009 5:08 PM by Sbmin7

Awesome design, I would be very attracted to this bus stop.
Posted Aug 04, 2009 3:08 AM by esoriano

you have got to be kidding. This dull, uninspiring pastiche is the heigest rated design! o dear.
Posted Aug 04, 2009 4:08 PM by j.r.walker

I am sorry, but this type of work is taking design backwards and not forward!!!
Posted Aug 05, 2009 12:08 PM by dharma

A pleasant and unpretentious design. It has character that has the potential to be timeless. Very warm and inviting.
Posted Aug 05, 2009 1:08 PM by BriConn2

Wow! A simple, elegant and enduring Design. Enough to interest the eye while waiting.
Posted Aug 05, 2009 2:08 PM by Jefferson Hall

the sarcasm of the last few comments is genius. very funny
Posted Aug 05, 2009 10:08 PM by j.r.walker

It has appeal and it seems to be well thought out
Posted Aug 08, 2009 10:08 AM by amiller305

a little bit to classic for a bus stop.... rings at the top mean the olympic games??????
Posted Aug 13, 2009 9:08 AM by ostralours

Excellent work! This one actually looks like a civic structure, and is ennobling rather than demeaning.
Posted Aug 13, 2009 10:08 PM by SAMouzon

Good design and excellent intentions. To be picky, Too similar to Stern's Chicago bus stops, Slightly top heavy, not an adequate appropriation for signage, possible advertisements, and wind protection.
Posted Aug 15, 2009 12:08 AM by irisharch

kitsch
Posted Aug 19, 2009 6:08 AM by mindau

Elegant and inventive!
Posted Aug 22, 2009 1:08 AM by ahelfand

Spend any time in Paris?
Posted Aug 28, 2009 1:08 PM by DLamb

Simple yet elegant design. Takes you back to a time now gone.
Posted Aug 30, 2009 12:08 AM by DougV

My personal favorite design of them all!
Posted Aug 31, 2009 1:08 PM by tradarch kc

While this isn't my favorite design, as I have expressed earlier, at least you aren't a bunch of cheaters. It makes me angry what has happened here over the last few days. Thank you for an honest submittal.
Posted Aug 31, 2009 2:08 PM by Ausdruck

that roof is pretty ugly
Posted Sep 03, 2009 6:09 PM by alejo

i'm not going to comment on the aesthetics.. seems like that department has been covered. beyond that discussion, i fail to see how the overall concept introduces anything new to the idea of a bus shelter in a climate that experiences a high shift in climate. For one, the PV cell argument for the roof doesn't make a lot of sense. In reality, very little energy would actually be harvested from the sun from your roof if it were to be adorned in lovely pv cells. It's small and has very little surface area that would be south facing. Considering meteorological conditions, I fail to see how the shelter really provides shelter for the occupants. Perhaps in the middle of summer, in the middle of the day, shade will be provided over some seating. But how does this structure address the intense heat of the low afternoon sun? Or in the winter, the cold winds which shift direction? Or the splashing slush of passing cars for that matter.
Posted Sep 07, 2009 10:09 AM by marc.holt45

u-g-l-y you aint go no alibi!
Posted Sep 07, 2009 6:09 PM by aarondavidhayes

extremely "...".... not the direction towards which i'd like architecture to go
Posted Sep 08, 2009 7:09 AM by aleko

How is this any different then what we have now? I don't see how this design is utilizing every available production and design technology? It seems like a typical bus stop with new paint, gold trim and a clock.
Posted Sep 19, 2009 1:09 AM by jhenry1634

this looks like the bus stops that they already have just with a fansyer out side
Posted Sep 19, 2009 11:09 AM by MangoPrincess

is this for the emerald city?
Posted Sep 24, 2009 3:09 PM by steveds

This is not only the most traditional but the only traditional bus stop design (unless you count the teepee, or unless you consider the modernist upward-slanting roof so cliched as to count as "traditional." I think the designers could have stepped even harder on the traditional pedal to even further distance themselves from the pack. But still, it is a very nice mixture of the lively and the staid (if the latter term may be said to imply the traditional or classical). I would add that at this point "Civic Respite" has drawn 68 comments, twice the next most commented upon, and ten or 20 times most of the entries. Not all the commenters like it, but what else is new?
Posted Sep 25, 2009 12:09 AM by dbrussat

A winner! Outstanding.
Posted Sep 25, 2009 8:09 PM by green

Average. it does nothing that hasn't been done before.
Posted Sep 25, 2009 8:09 PM by rbolk

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Civic Respite

Submitted by gregshue on July 27, 2009

Utilizing every available production and design technology in an effort to produce a cost-effective, durable, and lovely design that is civic in character and timeless in appeal, TAG Design Group has produced a bus stop that will truly stop the traffic.

Proving that high-tech design does not have to be sterile or predictable, TAG has crafted cutting-edge, factory-friendly cast-steel elements which are molded into organic and delightful shapes in the same processes that makes them ready to bear their loads and withstand the elements with grace and panache.

The columns shown here are not precisely like any others that have come before, but they are inspired by the great bamboo and papyrus columns of North Africa and the Middle East, formalized by way of Europe and North America, and “planted” into the Salt Lake City soil as a statement about the nature of public investment in civic beauty, sustainability, and community—thereby representing an articulate and confident big-tent architectural legacy that can be pridefully claimed by all of Salt Lake City’s residents, today and well into the future.

It would be a net loss for the environment and the local economy to cover an open-air structure with a green roof, but it makes an incredible amount of sense to cover one with solar-harvesting cells. This is precisely what we have done, and we believe that the ecological (and economical) collection of green energy to run our twin clocks and augment our evening lighting is a crucial ingredient in the civic character of our design. Furthermore, as every urban structure has not only a utilitarian duty but also an aesthetic one, we have kept our lights tucked into the deep roof to reduce the bus stop’s contribution to urban light pollution, but filled all sides of the curvy roof pediments with clear glass to guarantee the shelter still provides an ambient glow as a beacon for evening travelers.

Additionally, we have designed LED banks in the easily accessible rear glass panels, providing a perfect place for schedule posting, public notices, and other important documents, which can be double-printed (an enormous paper-saver over time) and inserted into the protective glass panels for increased durability.

The spaces between our columns have been left open and high for seasonal hangings: small planted flower baskets in the spring, bright and cheerful holiday ornaments in winter, patriotic festoons in summer—the possibilities are endless, limited only by community imagination and democratic consensus.

Waiting for the bus often provides travelers with an opportunity to “stop and smell the roses,” so to speak—and for this reason, we believe a bus stop that is tastefully rich in detail will be of unrivaled benefit to those thoughtful and sensitive citizens who enjoy observing life, tracing the world with their eyes and minds when the frantic pace of the daily grind finally grinds to a halt. TAG Design Group has produced a bus stop that is meant to be sustainable on all counts—economically, ecologically, and aesthetically, and we believe that anything less is unworthy of a special place in the civic realm of Salt Lake City.

TAG Design Group is:
Danielle Potts
Jeffrey Preuss
Greg Shue
Nathan Walker

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Sponsored by the Utah Transit Authority, Federal Transit Authority and The University of Utah