This CAF Newhouse 2011 project (#344) has been awarded First Grand prize

Bus shel·ter (noun)
A building or other structure constructed near a bus stop, to provide seating and protection from the weather for the convenience of waiting passengers.

The dictionary definition of a bus shelter is to provide passengers waiting to ride the bus with a place for protection. It is supposed to be a bus SHELTER, hence the word 'shelter.' The main problem with current bus shelters in Chicago is that they do not provide enough protection from the weather. Chicago is known nation-wide for our intense weather. One day it will be hot and sunny, but the next day could be freezing cold and snowy. Peoples' lives continue even during bad weather. Bus shelters should be a safe haven, a place where you can escape the inconvenience of the weather. Not only is a bus shelter a place to wait for the bus, but it is also viewed by everyone. It is an element of the Chicago landscape; Therefore, bus shelters should emphasize the beauty of art, while providing an enjoyable place to wait for the bus.

My design has evolved from a basic, rectangular bus shelter design into an abstract work of art. The concept of the bus shelter is a wave. My inspiration for the bus shelter I designed came from the painting called 'The Great Wave.' I looked at the painting, which is hung in my house, and I automatically knew I wanted my bus shelter to look like that.

As I Interviewed people around Chicago on their views of Chicago bus shelters, I discovered mixed feelings towards bus shelters. Combining all of my interviews, I generated these statistics:
Out of 25 people interviewed, 76% rate bus shelters less than 5, on a scale of 1 to 10 (ten being the best)
24% rate bus shelters between 6 and 8
4% rate bus shelters 9
0% rate bus shelters 10

These results identify the hate people feel towards the current bus shelters.
Question: How do you feel about bus shelters? What is wrong with them?

"I feel bus shelters in Chicago do not even exist, simple to the point. There are not enough in Chicago."
-Anthony, 17
"I absolutely hate waiting; I have no patience. The seats at a bus shelter are so uncomfortable, and there aren't enough!"
-Helen, 49
"What a waste of space. They are not beneficial to the environment whatsoever. Why waste space with inefficient materials?"
-James, 21
"I take about 4 buses a day plus a train. I wish it would was more entertaining while waiting for the bus. And don't get me started waiting in the freezing Chicago cold."
-Lori, 36

When analyzing the results of my survey, I considered everyones opinion with bus shelters. Majority of Chicago-ins want an enclosed shelter that can withstand intense weather, an entertaining shelter with technology to pass the time, and an area that is large enough to hold a myriad of people. I Incorporated these main needs into my design, trying to satisfy the whole public.
An ideal place to construct a new bus shelter would be on Addison and Artesian, just outside Lane Tech High School. There are four-thousand students at Lane Tech, which means bus shelters are very crowded after school. There currently is not a bus shelter on Addison and Artesian, but building one in that location would benefit high school students commuting home. The bus shelter can hold up to 25 people, maximizing the total space. When asking students how they felt about a new, modern bus shelter outside of Lane Tech, most were happy to say it would be relieving to have one because standing outside in the cold is painful. Students at Lane Tech support the idea of building a new bus shelter.

This is 'The Great Wave.' It is the inspiration for my bus shelter.

At first I wanted to build a dome-like model, such as this picture.

This is an early sketch up brainstorming process. I built several different rough drafts of bus shelters.

This sketch illustrates the different objects I drew to help me decide on a shape. I originally thought a dome was best.

This sketch of the bus shelter I decided to create shows how it looks like a wave.

Another sketch of the wave bus shelter. This is an outside view sketch

This is an early sketch up design of the chosen wave bus shelter.

As I sat in my room trying to figure out what bus shelter to design, I drew random objects on a piece of paper to help me. Circles, squares, pentagons, octagons, rectanglels, spheres- I drew what ever came to my mind. This brainstorming process resulted in a great idea for a bus shelter: a wave design. I wanted to make something different; therefore, I developed my idea from a famous painting titled, 'The Great Wave.'
A List of Chicago bus shelter pro's and con's follows:

Chicago Bus Shelter Cons
 Not enough seats
 Uncomfortable seats
 Very boring waiting for the bus
 Not environmentally friendly
 The seat gets wet when it rains
 Ugly design
 It is very cold in the winter
 Very hot in the summer
 The bus schedule is unknown
 Too much graffiti
 No where to put trash
 Not wheelchair accessible

Chicago Bus Shelter Pros
 Map
 Surrounded by glass, easy to see the bus coming

New Ideas for a Bus Shelter
 Cushion seats
 screen/TV
 Solar panels
 Beautiful design
 Map
 Trashcan
 Advertisement
 Back/Front entrance (very open)
 Enclosed to handle bad weather
 Announcements for the incoming bus
 Bus tracker
 CTA loading card machine
 Heating lamps/cooling fans

The design of my shelter does not take up too much space.

An elevation view of my design on AutoCAD.

The first rendering of the inside of my bus shelter. As you can see, I encountered problems with the lighting.

The wave bus shelter is based on a real wave. I artistically design a wave shape to emphasize the beauty of water.

Green features are a must for my bus shelter. I placed solar panels on the roof of the shelter.

A view of the inside of the bus shelter. There are three benches to sit on as well as two movable stools.

I sit and wait at a bus stop at least two times a day. When developing solutions for the current bus shelter, I thought about the problems I go through everyday. The main issue is the weather. Because it is freezing during the winter, I created an enclosed bus shelter. An enclosed bus shelter is also beneficial with rainy weather. Standing outside in the pouring rain is not fun at all, which is why my bus shelter is an enclosed area.

The wave bus shelter includes large glass windows to see an incoming bus. I thought windows are a must for a bus shelter, in order to not only see a bus but to not feel trapped in a little box. I also thought solar panels would be ideal to power the television and CTA card loader/ATM machine and the lights. The lights are energy efficient, saving has much energy as possible. There are movable stools located inside the bus shelter, as well as three large benches. I estimate 25 people can fit in the bus shelter. Because I am a big supporter of green features, my bus shelter is made out of recyclable materials. The doors are automatic because with people rushing back and forth, who has time to open a door? There is also a back entrance to the bus shelter. I designed my bus shelter to maximize time and space, while not being too large for the environment.


A front view of my final design


This is a side view of my bus shelter.


Top view. Notice the trashcan in the corner to lessen the amount of garbage.


An inside view.


Final design of the outside view.

My final design solves many current Chicago bus shelter problems.
1. Space: The wave bus shelter can seat a large amount of people, and it there is also standing room space inside. The outside also provides standing room for people. Current bus shelters only contain one bench, while mine contains three.
2. Entertainment: Many people are very bored waiting for the bus. The wave bus shelter contains a television that can easily pass the time.
3. Time: Time is definitely maximized with the new and improved bu shelter. With automatic doors, you can rush inside to put money on your bus card and have time to spare. There are speakers located outside and inside that tell you when the next bus is coming.
4. Enjoyment on the eyes: Chicago bus shelters look ugly and plain. The wave bus shelter looks pretty, designed to look like a beautiful wave. All around Chicago you will see the pretty wave design of a bus shelter.
5. Graffiti: In order to handle the graffiti many bus shelters face, the walls are designed with a special material that can fight against graffiti. Chicago hoodlums are no match for the bus shelter graffiti-resistant walls.

In conclusion, the new bus shelter is an innovative design that will benefit society as a whole for the future. It is abstractly created, providing a nice place to sit down and wait for the bus. I designed it to help commuters feel a little happier while waiting for the bus. Sitting in a dreary, old, plain Chicago bus shelter is not fun at all; it actually ruins the start if my day. The wave bus shelter is a delightful place that will hopefully put a smile on Chicago commuters faces.

Thanks for looking at my design!