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Public Stair Activation Project

The project creates an art installation with an app component at public stair to encourage a healthier alternative to escalator and elevator

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Who is the target audience for your idea and how does it inspire the end user to lead a healthier life?

The target audience is the community/commuters served by the metro station where the stair is located. The idea inspires them to lead healthier lives by making simple decisions that have a large impact on their wellness. Aside from bringing a smile to their faces, the target audience not only engages in this social experiment but feels compelled to share the installation with friends and family through social media, showing off the new addition to their neighborhood's metro station!

The ALT305 team submitted the Stair Activation Idea which was selected by the Miami Foundation and Health Foundation of South Florida to be implemented. The project includes a series of dots that start leading people from the street, crosswalk, sidewalks and bus stops into the Brickell Area Metro Station. Once inside, a hopscotch component leads the way to the staircase, encouraging the user to use the healthier alternative to go up to the platform. The staircase is located side by side with the escalator and in front of the elevator. The entire project was designed by the ALT305 team (two young architects) within the concept of "play" using the legendary Pacman. 

The project includes an app component which prompts participants to log in and keep track of their wellness based on the amount of steps climbed and subsequently, flights of stairs taken each day. 

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The intent is to test the idea and have people support it for implementation in other stations and communities. 

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

The idea has been recently implemented in a metro station as an experiment and the response has been amazing! It has gone viral!

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to connect with from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea?

There is always room to improve and we would love to make it better! Help us think how we can make this have a bigger impact on our communities and leverage technology to the very best!

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  • A group brainstorm


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I like that this combines healthy activity with the environmental plus of using public transport.

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