Design For Movement
Exploring the possibility within public space to promote movement:
Public space has one of the most important roles in making a city look good. A welcoming atmosphere provides a sense of belonging, giving you the feel that you want to be in this place.
On the street, in the park, all day long you are able to see people walking around for different purposes, but one thing has struck my mind. As I enjoyed the atmosphere in the park, I discovered that more active groups of people belong within the age bracket of 20 to 40, alongside elderly from age 60 – 80, I have observed wearing sportswear but they normally just walk. After a series of observations I discovered that elderly within this age bracket might have difficulties using public exercise equipment, and that was when I started my journey this semester.
My aim for this project is to design a system to promote movement in people’s lives, by embedding movement into the conventional public furniture, allowing it to interact with the user, while at the same time not disturbing what the user is doing at that moment.
This design showcases my interest in designing furniture that combines ideas of play and gentle movement with an intention to promote mobility and agility. This could be for anyone – young as well as old as it does not require specific physical abilities and it is safe.