METROLAB phase 2 focuses on transitional spaces and devices in contemporary mobility networks. It is developed in continuity with Metrolab phase I, a design research project completed by ALICE in 2013.

As a transdisciplinary proposal elaborated in close collaboration with a team of mobility professionals, Metrolab phase 2 consists of a set of recommendations for spatial organization of infrastructural spaces. Defining a strategy for optimal readability and fluidity in mobility networks, the set of rules developed can be implemented in any type of infrastructural space, regardless of its morphology and size.

Following carefully defined perception principles, the proposal places the individual user at its core. The strategy proposed defines new boundaries for spatial organization, structures the repartition — and increases the visibility of — information. It allows for easy and intuitive orientation and provides adequate services and atmospheres all along the passenger’s journey.

Triggering basic relationships between the human body and its context, the proposed strategy can be implemented in infrastructural spaces as well as on mobility devices. To verify the strategy’s efficiency in different conditions, each configuration is tested in a series of user narratives. The scenarios highlight relations between moments and places within each passenger’s journey and explores possibilities of multiple user combinations. This method allows for a thorough investigation of the complex spaces to be implemented in order to extract their full potential and extend the scope of ALICE strategy’s applications.

team: Dieter Dietz, Rudi Nieveen, Manon Fantini, Sony Devabhaktuni, ALICE EPFL

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