THIRD GRAND PRIZE: 2012 Newhouse project #2012334 | school bike shelter
To begin the process of designing a new bike shelter, I first had to gather all of the things needed in the design.
NEEDS FOR THE BIKE SHELTER:
-Easy access to load/retrieve bike
-Many racks to maximize amount of bikes stored
-Roof to protect bicycles from terrible Chicago weather
-Green features, benefitting the environment
-Space for students to hang out
-Place to repair bikes
-Lockers to place personal items such as helmets, lunch, keys, etc.
-Lights to provide a safe environment at night
After looking over all of the information/ideas, I knew sustainable design had to be the main point of my design. Sustainable design is the philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment, and services to comply with the principles of economic, social, and ecological sustainability. The environment is degrading each and every day, and the students not only at Lane Tech, but in high schools across the world have to be informed that the wasteful decisions we make now can affect our world for future generations, including ours. I knew my design had to educate students; it had to stand out and present a bigger message to the nation.