The proposed equipment aims not only to serve the students use the University of Concordia, but others as well. More than anything, it is an amplifying element of academic experiences, with the potential to create a closer relation between students and the society in general. In order to meet these objectives, the design of the shelter was conceived from the following basic principles, to which all the project decisions are subject:
1 - Knowledge meets community - Here, the shelter is understood to be an urban and versatile tool, capable of promoting the relationship between the academic community and its neighbors. To accomplish this, the design concept begins with a basic 2.5m x 2.5m module, which may be assembled with other modules in numerous ways, serving the most varied functions. Furthermore, its compact size makes it erectable in many different places; the proposal here is the assembly of 4 modules placed in the center of the suggested site.
2 - Environmentally conscious - The relationship between urban necessities and the environment maintains a complementary nature, creating new uses for ill-disposed city spaces while promoting nature conservation. Such a perspective stipulated a small footprint design. By elevating the shelter, little to no damage is done to the implantation site as it touches the soil at only four points. Additionally, clean energy production is made possible due to the installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof, which is inclined at a 45° angle, allowing the use of sunlight all year round.
3 - Replicability - This principle is aligned with the intention to make the equipment easily reproduced elsewhere, highlighting the previously cited experiences, for other geographical locations and social strata. This consideration justifies the use of pre-manufactured and low maintenance material: steel for the structure and polycarbonate and OSB sheets for the enclosures.
A community consultation was made aiming a project concerned to attend the people needs. Fourteen people were interviewed through social networks. They all were residents of Montreal, Quebec and students of Concordia University. The first question was: "Do you use Loyola's bus shelter?". 50% of the answers were: "I only use it during cold season". Two persons had answered that they don't use the bus shelter, it because they don't use the campus bus. When asked about the frequency of the use of the existing shelter, three of the fourteen ones replied once or two times a week. Five people said that their use could reach up to 3 or 4 times a week. About the satisfaction of the users towards the shelter, they had classified it as normal. Almost all of the interviewed complained about the cold felt during winter inside the place in case. Other significant complaints were related to the comfort of the benches, that were not even close to provide welfare. The current design of the shelter was said to be too boring, for example. In conclusion, we assumed that people using bus during freezing times is more often and people want an interesting shelter design, also adding the purpose of this contest as an important priority, the next step followed was fixing concepts.
This project is modular in its design approach and bold in its simplicity. The variety of permutations of an expanded enclosed form give this project the merit to receive an honorable mention. However, the solar panels are far too explicitly showcased on project, rendering the project in many ways, uninviting. The lack of an open area does not make it amenable to an expanded cultural program during off peak use times.
(Excerpt from the jury's comments)
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