URL: Urban Research Lab
Therese Tierney, PhD
Vincent Velasco, MArch Candidate
[i-metro] information commons
Video Prototype developed for Los Angeles and major US cities with mass transit systems.
[i-metro] is a scalable media installation whose engaging physical design will combine with interactive features making it vastly more useful and empowering than old-line transit maps. To attract people’s attention, the design envisions a crumpled analogue subway map approximately 6.5 ft. high by 7 ft. wide. Each unique installation is generated from its specific environmental context, with the goal of enticing travelers to examine the installation and discover the wealth of information it provides. [i-metro]’s interface includes a hybrid data system: a touchscreen surface for primary information retrieval similar to a over-sized smartphone screen, so that transit riders can freely access GPS and other locative information in realtime, as well as assisting them with wayfinding and emergency communication. It also offers access to service directories, proprietary applications (API), and social media platforms – thus transforming urban navigation through layered opportunities and data most useful on the go. In addition, local participation creates a cultural wikimap of the system, so that the experience continues to grow richer over time.