SECOND PRIZE: 2012 Newhouse project #2012069 | school bike shelter
- Collect Info Completed
- Brainstorm Ideas Completed
- Develop Solutions Completed
- Final Design Completed
What's the problem here? Getting started on your bike shelter design.
Students here at Curie Metropolitan High School have become more interested into bikes in the past year from 10 speeds to fixed gear; they have become a pretty big trend. The only problem is that there is no place for them here at the school. There are barely any bike racks or any secure place to leave them. Students don’t want to bring their bikes for the fear that they might be stolen. A bike shelter can be helpful so that students actually want to bring their bikes to school. It will both help the environment and keep money in their pockets. The bike shelter will provide a safe space for students bikes a bike shop so that their bikes are always in good condition. It will become a building outside that can be used by anybody in the community. The train station in front of the school gets filled with bikes quickly; Curie High School will help out by providing more space and a safe environment for their bikes. Students will be able to work in the front desk registering bikes into the bike shelter; it will help the students, the community and the environment.
How do you Collect Info for this step of the design process?
My work for the Collect Information step:
When I began to collect information for my bike shelter I realized that there aren't a lot of people that ride their bicycles to school because we do not have the proper shelter for them. The school only provides two bike racks in the back of the school, that aren't protected from the weather. I then asked other bikers what they would want to see in a community bike shelter. They just wanted the bike shelter to be indoors, with bike specialist just in case their bikes needed to be maintained. I then looked for sites around my school that could work for both the students and the community; I chose the tennis courts behind our school. They aren't being used for anything; they are just taking up space. The courts are reachable by the community and the students. Afterwards I went to take measurements and pictures of my site so I can create my design as accurate as possible.And finally I started to draw sketches for a productive bike shelter.
How do you Brainstorm Ideas for this step of the design process?
My work for the Brainstorm Ideas step:
When coming up with bike shelters ideas I began by looking at examples of bad bike shelters. I began with our school, with only two bike racks that are supposed to be for nearly 4,000 students, I realized that we need room and a secure space for students to leave their bicycles there. Security also seemed to be a big issue, so I began to think of ways that the student bikes can be secure and so that they wouldn’t have to worry. I began to narrow down my ideas for the site, and also began to think of ideas of how the building would present itself.
How do you Develop Solutions for this step of the design process?
My work for the Develop Solutions step:
When I began to develop solutions I started off with Google SketchUp. My ideas were constantly changing to perfect my design. I began with a very basic model of my structure. Later I moved on to more detailed drawings. I will continue to work on Google SketchUp moving on to Revit, for my final design when my ideas become clearer and more defined.
How do you create a Final Design for this step of the design process?
My work for the Final Design step:
My final design consisted of creating a bike shelter that was both efficient and practical. Cyclist would feel welcomed as soon as they walk in, greeted by a receptionist. Cyclist wouldn't feel like their bicycles would be tampered with knowing that only employees are allowed to access them. A seating area was provided for bikers that are waiting for their bikes to get repaired, there is also a locker room to store their belongings before leaving the bike shelter. All in all it was just made to be convenient for the cyclist that will be using it.