Original Design, published.

Layout design and editorial by Sabrina Haertig.

CUSD, Mobility

2020

The Sustainable Mobility group is a part of Cornell University Sustainable Design (CUSD) and is dedicated to re-designing transportation in Tompkins County, New York. This interdisciplinary team is composed of both undergraduate and graduate students from Cornell University and is advised by Professor Sirietta Simoncini.

This semester, the team focused on using Systems Engineering and Design Thinking tools to understand how to tackle challenges regarding wayfinding.

 

This included understanding various user needs, analyzing how users interact with the system and figuring out effective ways to communicate important information. For the Garage Wayfinding System, we completed our proposed updates to the Seneca St. garage from a design and budgeting standpoint, and we designed and carried out detailed testing procedures for the garage signage. 

Screen Shot 2021-01-12 at 5.34.16 PM.png

Table 1: The decision matrix used to inform the decision to focus on navigational murals, pedestrian walkways, and clarifying driver signage.

Seneca Street Garage Redesign

Problems: 

The Seneca Garage currently loses thousands of dollars per year. 

We sought out to identify what aspects of the Seneca Garage were failing amongst users. 

Empathy

Field Work

Testing

Design

Design

Way

Finding

Solutions: 

Streamlining payment, beautifying space, and creating a cohesive wayfinding system were top priorities.

 

The design also looks to educate garage patrons on Ithaca's unique ecology to increase environmental awareness and encourage tourism.

final_layout_staircase_2020-01-01.png
final_layout_animalcolor_2020-02.png
Level Directory G-1.png
abstracted_garage_stairs_G_2020-03-03.pn
34 render-2.jpg

Design

Signage

Rates-1.png
Permit Fees-1.png
Ticket Instructions-1.png

Forwards

After a successful meeting with stakeholders, the CUSD design team with the cooperation of Tompkins County will be moving forward with their design plans. 

The next steps include consultations with building management, engineering, and finalizing a time and budget.