Last Train to Trancentral: From infrastructure to 'info' structure - a case study of embedding digital technology into existing public transport infrastructures

The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia
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Circuit Bending, Breaking and Mending: The 16th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA2011), 2011, pp. 335 - 344
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The research presented in this paper is an investigation into how ubiquitous computing technologies can contribute to improving the quality of existing public transport environments through the integration of responsive technologies. The paper argues that given the significant challenges associated with transport infrastructure expansion including cost, disruption, energy use, and implementation periods augmenting existing transport environments offers alternate measures to manage demand and improve the user experience. The paper proposes improving transport environments by integrating smart, or responsive, digital information into the existing physical fabric in a coherent architectural and spatial context. This approach offers an opportunity to shift away from the static nature of public transport infrastructure to the dynamic notion of public transport 'info' structure. The research uses an architecture graduate studio as a foundation to investigate the objectives. The contribution of this paper is an investigation of ways in which digital technologies and networked communications can transform and augment public transport infrastructure, allowing new forms of intelligent, adaptive, interactive and self-aware architecture to be developed.
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