Urban Smart Station
Urban Smart Station is a participatory design project initiated by iMAL and CyCLO. It consists in the elaboration of a new kind of urban furniture prototype, integrating functions linked to bike mobility, digital mobility, information point and social meeting place. The inhabitants are involved during the entire process. The energy design will try to be as autonomous than possible by integrating renewable energies' systems (e.g. wind and solar energies). The production will use innovative, accessible (DIY), local and responsable (digital manifucture, recycling) manufacturing's methods.
Urban Smart Station could for example enable people to recharge batteries (from cellphones, laptops, lamps), store and shelter bicycles and make small repairs on them, wireless access point, local (digital) information spreading point, mailbox (analogue and digital), small friendly shelter to meet and chat...
People from Brussels, come and share your ideas during this first public meeting at iMAL!
Participative design phase: mid-May till end June
Two brainstorming meetings open to everyone who wants to share their ideas and suggestions are scheduled. They will be leaded by the designer Thomas Lommee who will summarize the ideas and present them as proposals discussed during the following meeting. The website gathers all design proposals and includes a permanent forum.
The last meeting will end the design phase.
iMAL, 30 Quai des Charbonnages, 1080 Brussels
Dates and start time:
16 May, 20:00 (see pictures here below)
28 June, 20:00
Manufacturing phase: July/August
The construction of the prototype will be done during the summer in Cyclo's workshop and iMAL's Fablab.
Jo Van Bostraeten working at Cyclo and Thomas Lommee of Intrastructures.net will assure the realization's follow-up.
Any useful contribution, resource, skill, expertise linked to the project is welcome.
First presentation: Kanal Festival
The prototype will be presented and tested in public space from 12 to 16 September 2012 during Kanal Festival and as part of Design September
You can already comment and make suggestions on the Urban Smart Station website