The Cycle Stations Project - Exhibition Proposal 2000/1
The Node, the Forest and the Network
Dreamscapes in the design futures of the Cycle Network an exhibition proposal from Fourth Door Research.
1.0) The Cycle Station Project exhibition- introduction
1.1) The Cycle Station project, alongside related outrider projects, has been underway for three years. In that time, amongst other work, various architects have developed plans for working Cycle Stations in a variety of contexts.
1.2) With the inclusion of the project as case study material on a number of architecture, multimedia, and design courses, Fourth Door Research is looking to ways of promoting the work being carried out as part of the project. To this in end it is exploring the options for a touring exhibition from the end of 2000 and throughout 2001 around a string of major national (and possibly international) towns and cities.
1.3) Initial contacts have already been made, with positive responses. The next steps is the further development of the prospective contents, the exploration of funding options, and formation of collaborative initiatives with a variety of organisations where mutual benefit can be demonstrated to ensure the financial support to bring the exhibition into reality.
1.4) This initial draft document is to outline the exhibition idea and issues and run through its possible contents. These are as follows.
1.5) For further details about the Cycle Station Project please refer to the web site www.fourthdoor.co.uk or contact Fourth Door Research at email@example.com, or 01273 473501
2.0 The aims of the exhibition
2.1) Environmental Synergies. The primary aim of the exhibition is to raise an awareness of the tremendous potential of the Cycle Network to develop a future oriented, ecologically sensitive synergy of design, architecture, and new media ideas all committed to transforming the way both general and specialist constituencies envision cycling as the transportation of the future.
2.2) Hybrid Innovation - Sustainable transport with sustainable architecture; new media with ecological learning. The exhibition will demonstrate how hybrids of environmentally designed architecture can
3-5) Exhibition concept and content
3.1) the exhibition is conceived around a three fold division of ideas. These are the node, the forest and the network.
3.2) The Node. The first of the threefold order is the node. The node focuses on a public transport transit interchange, the Edge-of-Town Hub, which integrates the Cycle Station concept into its core idea. It seeks to reveal innovative strategies to rehumanise the travelling environment. It does this in the context of the edge to centre compact city which is outlined within the Urban Task Force reportTowards an Urban Renaissance . For further detail please see footnote below.
3.3) The Edge-of-Town Hub. This section will include a full architectural model of this innovative bus/train/cycle Transit Interchange. This will demonstrate how such Transit nodes can be multi-functional, provide mixed use living homes and work facilities, and act as interchange nodes between town and country.
3.4) It will show how such a Node interchange can envitalise Green Corridors for cycle or walkway journeys into the centre of urban areas. 1) being hire centres for SmartBikes. By 2) by focal points for ecological and environmental information along the corridors; and 3) by being one of two end points for linear Green Corridor exhibitions.
It will also show how it will operate as a sustainable mixed transit interchange seamlessly interweaving different forms of sustainable transport within the Hub. So that long distance train journeys, medium distance bus and light transit journeys, and both leisure and work cycle journeys will be fully integrated within the concept.
It will include the Cycle Station overnight faciltities, new media work centres, community project spaces and homes within the overall single hub structure.
It will also include examples, sections or models of the following:
4.0) The Forest
4.1) This section of the exhibition begins from a radically different perspective, though one connected with the Urban section of the exhibition.
The section envisions a future, not too far off, when the country has regrown significant large forests maintained in part by a thriving, and also futuristic forest based economy.
The main exhibit will be of a a full model of the Innovative Forest House combined with a rural Cycle Station. There will be a full model.
It will also include
5) The Network
The last section of the exhibition would explore the relationship between the physical cycle and the virtual computer networks.
It will do this by
This is the provisional material and concept of the Cycle Station Exhibition for 2000/1.
All rights reserved Oliver Lowenstein
The Cycle Station Project Co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org 01273 473501