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PRODUCT

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WAV

What does the post COVID return look like for the daily traveler?

Built Environment

Public Transit

Bus Shelter

15 Weeks

For some commuting is an essential part of life, maybe even a daily ritual. We noticed that public transportation like bus systems have become greatly affected during this time and could be improved upon for the future. Keeping this in mind, WAV was designed to not only address the effects of COVID, but to also enhance commuter flow and experience within the public transit system.

MADE IN SAN JOSE

FALL 2020

 

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group members include Sabrina Shell and Dennis Lui 

Sabrina Shell / sketching - photography - mockups - graphics - final physical model

Dennis Lui / sketching - CAD - rendering - final physical model

Natalia Baltazar / sketching - conceptualization for final idea -photography - graphics - compositing 3D model into photography - rendering - presentation - final physical model

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An Opportunity to Revision Public Transit

During our observation, we took notice of various COVID related obstacles and everyday issues that the public transportation system was facing. As a result, we saw firsthand how different transit systems were trying to resolve these issues in their own way and how we as designers could help.

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Market Street, San Francisco

Areas of Improvement

1  Perception of Safety

Eliminating the perception of danger as commuters take public transportation at night or early in the morning.

2  COVID

The pandemic has made users apprehensive about using public transportation. A large reason for this is due to the lack of personal space from crowding while boarding, on the bus, and getting off the bus.

3  Access to Information

Commuters need quick and easy access to information relating to transit schedules, bus ETA, transit routes, and maps to make their trip a more seamless experience.

based on research, interviews, and first-hand observation

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BUS ROUTINE BREAKDOWN

Early Ideation

In our initial ideation sketches I presented the concept of a bus shelter directing commuter flow through an architectural gesture. This idea was developed further and eventually turned into our                                                                         final direction. 

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FORM EXPLORATION

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WAV

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Architectural Gesture

WAV's architectural gesture provides an organic separation for on-boarding and off boarding commuter flows. This separation not only creates organization but also reinforces COVID guidelines for public transit.

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VISUAL COMMUNICATION

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WAV @ NIGHT

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natalia
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