Melodic Bus Stop. Designed for the TInnGO project by Ronald Jurianto

RONALD JURIANTO
Topic DesignParticipation culture

For children, anticipating the next bus could feel like an eternity. By attaching strings of varying lengths, children can have something to keep themselves entertained while also learning about how the varying length affects the note of the melody, invoking curiosity and creativity. The melody used will be reversible so that it would not matter from where users run the strings, while the melody could be differentiated for different areas, creating a sense of community and locality for bus passengers while also helping children make sense of travelling to a new place by having it signalled with a different melody.

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HELEN DAVIES

3 months ago

A lovely idea and would appeal to a range of users especially children and older people. 

Yet if applied say, to the West Midlands region, other issues would need to be considered. For example is the bus stop served by electricity points, will there  be room for timetable information, safety messages an help points as standard?  Could it distract from existing digital advertising and could this be prone to crime and vanalism?  For those customers with hearing impairments, a hearing loop system may need to be applied. 

Maintence costs and funding should also be considered in any design options.  But I feel this concept could work well at interchanges or mobility hub sites, where people may have to change modes.  

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CATHLEEN SCHöNE

3 months ago

I love this idea. Very creative, very entertaining.

Maybe you can combine notes with different coloured lights, so that the kids (and everyone else) can not only hear their sounds but also see them.

Perhaps one could also distribute different "instruments" across several stops on a line. At one stop "guitar strings", at the next "piano keys" and at the next small "drum fields" at touchpoints of an implemented screen?

One disadvantage is that this music option is not necessarily suitable for stops that are directly adjacent to residential buildings. The risk that it would quickly degenerate into noise pollution and thus complaints would unfortunately be quite high.

The TInnGO project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 824349.
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