The Cycle-Station Project

3.0 How are Cycle-Stations different to other related projects?




Cycle Stations are original, emphasising diversity, integration and the whole rather than a single strand approach.

The idea of the Solar Cycle-Station appears to be the most developed form of building facility at present being considered within the National Cycle Network. Whilst Cycle Centres are beginning to appear in a relatively random manner these are not addressing the EcoDesign dimension when they are built. Similarly buildings which have been converted to contain either Cycle facilities or as cycle-oriented tourist overnight stop facilities also don't apply EcoDesign principles beyond what are stipulated national or EU building environmental regulations.

And where an attempt to apply aspects of Green design is included the indications are there is little connectivity between a facility being for cyclists and the potential for integrating other allied Environmental subjects connecting the different communities to each other.

Thus as yet there are no Cycle centres which make the connection between sustainable transport and introducing local environmental education facilities and essential eco-literacy to the cyclists .

Similarly there appears to be no other small to mid-scale projects attempting to incorporate alternative energy as a core part of their design, nor centres looking at the myriad and radical uses of the fast moving changes in new media technology, from Geographical Information Systems through to accessing Weather Satellite Technology, let alone, for example, the more straight-forward Internet access point.

It's therefore felt that the Cycle-Stations project is approaching the design opportunities of the Cycle Network in the most all embracing and holistic way, acting on the possibility and potential of applying Connectivity to many elements of Green Design and integrating the various strands into the whole.

To this end the intention is for Cycle-Stations to also be an Eco-Architectural and aesthetic experience and attraction in themselves, and to be visited for what is on site. This could provide an opportunity for Green Architecture to show a wide diversity of completely contemporary nineties styles which would demonstrate how a forward looking Green Architecture can move into the twenty-first century.

Whilst Cycle stations could show-case the future of Architecture, they would be relatively modest in size, and considerably smaller in scale to the current large-scale green projects such as the flagship Millenium Earth Centre at Doncaster in Yorkshire, or Hampshire County Council's Earthworks Centre.

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