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ripple; pedestrian safety redesign,
2020

urban spatial design fostering
safety for female pedestrians at night

design brief

 

To create an integrated design project that will enable a community of your choice to improve an aspect of well-being. To do this, develop an end-user profile from this community that considers the impact of your design on an extended time frame from 2020 to 2040+. Describe why the context is significant in the design while clearly demonstrating the integration of your specialty disciplines.

concept statement

 

Safety is a baseline feeling most of us take for granted. However, for many women genderblind city design is affecting their ability to feel safe, compounding the toll into their emotional wellbeing and wider social connection. The consideration of Interaction and Experience design into this context is able to generate a civil design inspiring safer feelings for individuals when walking alone at night. This is achieved by eliminating the prevalence of ‘no-go zones’ along urban pedestrian corridors and allowing individuals to freely choose the routes they walk without being forced to detour and emboldening autonomy. The design will additionally be an asset to the broader community by encouraging more local participation in night-time activities. These public green spaces will become more approachable and generate stronger social networks by stimulating nightlife. Projected positive repercussions are an effort to suppress the idea that being alone by oneself at night is synonymous with danger.

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sketches

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perspective

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lighting approach

technical drawings

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design elements

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sensory map

One of the main ways the installation fosters safety is through a diverse range of sensory outputs. Sound and touch can address more instinctual behaviors that aren’t offered through traditional means of sight. Lighting has become the default method of combating this problem and in doing so has left a deficit in more diverse sensory designs which this design aims to address. This sensory map shows how the senses are strategically used in the space to aid pedestrians and deter potential criminals.

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