The Cycle Stations Project - Exhibition Proposal 2000/1

Provisional outline

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 or contact Fourth Door Research at, 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:

Hanging Garden Cycle Storage These are ecologically designed Cycle Storage facilities where the cycles are secure by virtue of hanging above and beyond reach of the earthbound public. The structures also double as hanging gardens, either with flowers, or growing harvestable fruits and vegetables.

Holographic rest and relaxation private-public spaces. These are small quiet space on platforms and other places within transit centres, for people to sit quietly and catch up. They will contain holograms designed to facilitate the slowing of speeding mind down and relax.The structure, built environment, waiting room which house this are environmentally designed.

Smart Bike hire. To demonstrate the easy accessible transfer from medium and long journey transport to cycling. Put in a smart card and ride along the green card to the city centre.

'Guitars for Departures' Lounge. This will explore how ambient sound can be designed to provide background for such centres, following on from Brian Eno's 'Music for Airports'.

Smart shelters - smart-bike, this will explore the emergence of other uses of smart technology for bicycles and cycling.

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

visuals of a semi circlular Forest Housecomunity fronted by a version of the Cycle Station

visual versions of the leading land artist,Chris Drury's Vortex tower structures

mobile bicycle cafe

Sky Walk - this Tensigrity bridge is a structural addition to the exhibition to draw attention to the relationship between ecodesign and architectural structures in biological life. It will be a bridge modelled on the tensigrity principles found in cell biology. This will provide a way to address the living worlds role in the design of the built environment.

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

Artifi-Ciel - this section will showcase the innovative work of Helen Evans and her Artifi-ciel concept in the context of the Cycle Network

These are weather and atmosphere information systems so travellers can access and look at the weather conditions which will be happening at theirdestinations, and en route. They provide instant information about weather, etc at other Cycle Stations and areas around the Cycle network

walk through virtual Cycle Station space, and also on the Web.

other interpretive, etc, material with new media dimension.

New Media which will explore both concepts of spatiality and of virtual mapping of Cycle stations and Cycle Network.

Digital models to be provided in VRML or DXF format


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 01273 473501