Architecture | Crowdsource Subway System

Often, some routines and decisions made throughout the day are not perceived important because of the busyness of life such as: choosing a path to walk on, opening a door to enter and exit or sitting in a particular area of a room. However, the routines and decisions are important and affect the way we work, travel, and perceive in the spatial environment.

A survey was used to collect data of students entering and exiting Crosby in relation to time, location, environment, and convenience throughout the week. The gathered data will be mapped to understand different parameters that affect students’ decision to use a particular door when entering and exiting Crosby.

Using Xbee, data can be transmitted wireless and the connections worked. However, the walls of Crosby are thick and data cannot be transmitted from the first floor to third floor. The sensors are located at the top side of the door to avoid any deterioration from stepping and weather. The wires will circulate in the first floor of Crosby and the desk top is secured in Crosby 130. All three entrances was wired and recorded into an excel sheet.

The initial stage of mapping student and faculty circulation flows within Crosby Hall to South Campus buildings and University Plaza. The variation of occupants is deciphered in different colors and the size of attractors are base on distance.

42nd Street in NYC was chosen as my sight because many pedestrian and vehicular flows occur throughout the week there. I’ve walked from west to east of 42nd street to understand the pedestrian flows on the street and recorded the activities at each subway station entrance. The two videos shows the different activities occur along 42nd street.

I’ve framed my project around 42nd street Bryant Park and studied the relationship between the subway station entrance sidewalk, the turnstile, and subway platform. The video shows the flows of people entering the subway station, turnstile and an incoming train.

My design intervention is to crowdsource the data I collect from real-time sensors located underground at specific points of subway tunnel and turnstile so commuters and tourists within the subway path system corridors and sidewalk are able to accommodate their way of circulation. The desire of this project is to bring the underground activities of incoming trains and congestions of turnstile to streets of NYC and corridors of the subway path system.

The video is a section animation of how the design intervention works. The subway canopy expands and contracts in relation to the congestion of turnstile. In addition, lcolor blinking ights are embedded into the wall and floor surfaces that signals people incoming trains and congestion at turnstile.


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