CAN BUS-WAITING BE PLAYFUL? - A DESIGN INTERVENTION
DECEMBER 2018, GOTHENBURG
Public transportation is an important part of living in Gothenburg. According to traffic and travel development 2017, bus trips increased by more than 40% from 2011 to 2017, while tram trips increased by about 20%. By the year 2017, 55% of the residents using buses and trams to travel within Gothenburg. As it is stated in Gothenburg 2035, public transportation is expected to undertake at least 55% of motorized journeys in the city in 2035. These data demonstrate in a way that children should be viewed as an active group of public transport users. I have often observed school-aged children commuting between home and school without parents. But when we look at the public satisfaction towards Gothenburg public transportation, according to Trafik- och Resandeutveckling 2017, 30% of the subject do not consider the public transportation environment child-friendly.
Later the observation was carried out. During the one-hour observation, 51% of the passengers were on the phone, 36% were gazing afar, only 13% of the passengers were talking with friends.
Since a bus stop can be seen as a semi-open transparent box made by six pieces of modularized glasses. The outcome of this project is expected to be pieces of vinyl with patterns on them, after fixing them on the glass facade of a bus stop, it creates a 3D graffiti at some certain perspectives that enable people to walk around the stop, try to find the right angle to observe the shapes that are hidden in the pattern.