The Under-bridge

“If you want to bring a fundamental change in people's belief and behavior, you need to create a community around them, where those new beliefs can be practiced and expressed and nurtured.”

In an attempt to create, not just a sustainable Bus Stop, but a Bust Stop that would induce change, raise awareness and involve the citizen in generating power, we created a swing that would both generate sufficient power to be self-efficient and entertain the bus riders while they wait.

Using a recycled bike and a few gadgets, the shelter provides light and electricity to up to 4 people sitting on a typical bench and 3 people having fun on the swing, both created using recycled wood panels and steel bars.

A critic looking at these tightly focused, targeted interventions might dismiss them as Band-Aid solutions. But that phrase should not be considered a term of disparagement.

The Band-Aid is an inexpensive, convenient, and remarkably versatile solution to an astonishing array of problems.

“We have, in short, somehow become convinced that we need to tackle the whole problem, all at once. But the truth is that we don’t. We only need to find the stickiness Tipping Points.”
JPAG x Thomas Khoueiry

Urban Furniture / Competition Entry