DIVISION 2 INTERMEDIATE DESIGN/ONLINE
Here’s your chance to completely rethink the design of the CTA bus shelter near your school.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THIS DIVISION?
- CPS students enrolled in a second or third year architecture class are eligible to enter.
- Only Chicago Public School (CPS) students entering the CAF Newhouse Architecture Competition may create an online project for this division.
- In addition, any CPS high school student not registered in an architecture course is welcome to enter this division. In order to start this project or leave a comment on any project, you'll need to create a user account at DiscoverDesign.org.
DESIGN PROCESS FOR DIVISION 2: INTERMEDIATE DESIGN/ONLINE: BUS SHELTER
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1) DEFINING THE PROBLEM
Although Chicago bus riders may have unique needs in the 21st century, the basic design of the structure has remained the same for several decades. Should bus shelters be the same in all neighborhoods around the city? A bus shelter is a structure that we may take for granted, but it also has the potential to make our daily lives easier while also significantly impacting the way our streets look.
2) COLLECTING INFORMATION
Gather more information about existing types of bus shelters in Chicago and in different cities around the world. Post photos of what you’ve found in your project account. Write a few sentences about the information you’ve collected. Explain what you’ve learned in the articles or through interviews with bus riders.
- What are the basic functions and design elements of any bus shelter?
- How long do you typically wait at the bus stop?
- What are some things that you really like about Chicago’s bus shelters?
- What are some things that you don’t like about Chicago’s bus shelters?
- What materials are these shelters made from?
- Make a list of all the different features on an existing Chicago bus shelter. Explain what you’ve learned and post information on your project account.
- Take photographs of the bus shelter near your school. Post a few images to your student account.
- Take measurements of the existing bus shelter.
- Use Flickr and Google Images to search “bus shelter.” Research different types of bus stops and shelters in different cities around the world.
- Use Google Maps to view and print out an aerial photograph of an existing bus shelter near your school. How far away is the shelter from the street corner? How far away is the shelter from the entrance to your school?
- Interview several of your friends and classmates about what they like or don’t like about the bus shelter near your school. Post this information on your project account.
- Check out this Chicago Tribune article from architecture critic Blair Kamin about the 2003 design of Chicago’s bus shelters.
- This blog and also this blog about bus shelter designs offer some very interesting ideas.
- Several other schools have held bus shelter design competitions, and are worth looking into for inspiration.
3) BRAINSTORM & ANALYZE
Make some early decisions about the location, size, features, and materials for your bus shelter. Sketch out ideas as to develop your design.
You are required to develop these types of drawings and post them to your student account. Maximum of ten (10) images allowed for uploading in this step. Please be sure to provide captions and more information for all your drawings and images.
Sketches (plans, elevations, perspective views, or site plans) to show your thought process
- Identify a location for your new bus shelter near your school. Mark this location on a map and post the image on your project account.
- Based on what you learned in the Collect Information step above, make a list of all the features you’d like to include in your new bus shelter design. Post your ideas on your project account.
- Using a tape measure and some masking tape, mark out the basic overall footprint that makes sense for your bus shelter. How does this compare with the size of an existing Chicago bus shelter? Explain your thinking in your project account.
- Draw several quick sketches to get your early ideas down on paper. Either take a photo or scan and then upload your sketches to your project account. These aren’t your final ideas.
- Consider what materials the shelter will be made from. What materials will be durable against the weather and the riders who wait there?
4) DEVELOP SOLUTIONS
Now's the time to take what you've learned from the steps above to develop your own solution for a new bus shelter.
- You are required to develop these types of final drawings and post them to your student account. Remember for this portion of your online project there is a maximum of 10 images allowed in this step. Also, please be sure to provide captions and more information for all your drawings and images.
- One (1) site plan
- One (1) floor plan
- At least two (2) elevation or perspective views
You may use any method you’d like to show your design (pencil, colored pencil, collage, physical models, or digital rendering software). Here are a few suggestions for drawings and models of your bus shelter:
Use cardboard or cardstock to build a rough physical study model or prototype of your bus shelter. You can't really understand the shape of the shelter until you make a quick study model. Don’t worry about making a fancy finished model at this time. Instead, use cardstock, scissors, and tape to quickly create the 3D form. See how it looks. Break off different sections, add new pieces, and try new ideas. Take photos of your model and upload them to your project account.
Sketch or use software such as Google SketchUp, AutoCAD, or Revit to get the ideas out of your head to share with others.
5) GATHER FEEDBACK
Post your ideas and images on your project account. Collect feedback from your peers, teachers and the online community to help you improve on your final design. Be sure to review and add constructive comments on the work of other students who are solving the same bus shelter design problem.
6) IMPROVE AND FINISH YOUR DESIGN
As your ideas change, be sure to explain your thinking and let others know about the new work you have posted to your account. Go back to the virtual drawing board and revise your project based on the feedback of others.
Your final project must include the following components:
Your work must be entirely presented inside of DiscoverDesign.org, as part of the online project page.
One (1) site plan, One (1) floor plan, At least two (2) elevation or perspective views
Your project will need to include research notes, photos, and preliminary sketches.
Please follow these rules when working on this Newhouse division:
You may use any location in Chicago for the bus shelter.
You may design a bus shelter based on a specific site OR for general use throughout Chicago.
Individuals only (project may not be submitted in teams).
Online projects only. No boards. No portfolio.
No physical models will be accepted. If you design a model, please photograph it and include the picture as part of your online project.
The judges will be evaluating your design project on:
Originality in design.
Your ability to creatively solve the design problem.
How many of the design process steps you have completed by uploading images, sketches, drawings, or photos of models during the competition timeframe (March – May 2011).
How well you have written about and explained your thinking in each of the design process steps.
BONUS: You are encouraged to comment on your project as it evolves and share the project link with your friends and family so they can comment also. Generate a lively discussion!
If you have any technical questions about uploading images to your project account, please contact Jen at archhandbook2(at)architecture.org.