Auckland Transport : WEEK FOUR

After finding my path of direction of the concept I was willing to further develop in the process after presenting the three conceptual ideas to the panel. Taking the seating approach that I thought was the most needed concept in the Grafton location. Based on the demographical aspect of having a hospital part of the area, were I looked at why having the seating concept would be viable need in Grafton and potential locations of making this idea possible in the area.

During the week I revisited the site and looked at the existing seating arrangements in the area, which was in front if the shops, hospital, university, domain and the train station platform. Which gave me a better understanding, of the users behaviour around public seating in the area and potential locations I would consider the application of placing seating, as I design.

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While I was hanging out the domain area around midday being, lunch break for most people, I saw a huge number of people bring their lunch out from work to sit down to have their meals. I also observed that people would first look around for seating especially in shaded areas to have their lunch’s.

The second thing I observed while I was there was an insightful fact. An old couple both sat down on the grass area under the shade to take a rest from there journey from some place, they sat there for a short amount of time but It was a struggle for them to get up from the ground where they were siting down.

This inspired and lead me to do further drawings and research back into why seating would have the most affective potential idea being presented for the project.

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On Wednesday morning we had the opportunity to present the idea, potentially going to take ahead, to Charles Montgomery. The critic session was quite insightful and allowed me to gather more thoughts about the idea and how to take the concept on step further and by thinking about how I mend all the ideas in one piece. The talk gave me a boost as to why I should continue with the mind frame of an urban seating approach in the Grafton area.

With the response I received I want to continue the week working with finalising my design of the seating concept for Grafton.


Auckland Transport :WEEK THREE

This week has been strongly focused more about what we have abstracted as a group from our research and insights and come up with solutions what will impact the area of out interest.

It was great to have Sudhvir Singh from generation zero, who currently works at the Auckland hospital, were his angle of approach was the health and our city. Which was a great insight and educated the younger generation about New Zealand being the third highest country with obesity level and how the urban design approach can mend and shape our society.

Moving back to the Auckland transport project, we were asked to present three conceptual ideas to the panel this week for feedback to our approach of the brief. Being a regular transport user, one of the terrible experiences I faced during the week of this service was during the rainy days fewer people us public transport systems as I had approach the bus on a Monday morning to university I sat below the ac vent and it was leaking water and managed to get a wet seat, which meant I wet jeans during the morning and then later on the week three of the bus services had not arrived for more then half an hour while these stands are building up with people a bus passes which is full. They’re no form of indication to people about the services during that period. As a customer I was quite disappointed using the public network service.

Urban inspirational ideas that derived from the indoor and outdoor living furniture, as the local shopping centre mall.

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My three conceptual designs focused on looking at the Grafton train station, which lacks seating, greenery, colour and shelter.

Concept one

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  • Lack of sitting space, with comfort and character.
  • Creating inviting seating area
  • Greenery
  • Multifunctional usage of seating area

Concept two

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  • Lack of shelter
  • Auckland’s weather conditions
  • Encourage health benefits

Concept three


  • Lack of art
  • Kiwi artists
  • Murals or paintings

From the feedback and talk from the panel of presentation morning, I had mixed feels bout the way they had approached the design brief. But my design of developing concept one being my strongest aspect to enhance the end users experience at the Grafton area, which I will develop in the upcoming weeks.

Auckland Transport :Design challenge project Week Two:

Starting the week of with a guest speaker, from the Auckland transport department, mainly focusing on the cycling aspect from London.

Kathryn King specialises in cycling mainly working overseas, but has moved here recently to help develop and manage the department.

She was able to explain to us what sort of development is about to take place in Auckland’s fundamental structure to allow growth in the cycling community of Auckland.

Listing the user engagements of cycling are:

Business travel plans, and how exactly to encourage people to cycle to work.

Community groups, were free cycling lessons are provided by the AT.

Schools are extremely focused on as these habits disappear after primary school students grow up.

Events being organised by AT to promote cycling.

Kathryn’s bigger picture of these smaller goals is to gain and promote the culture of cycling in Auckland, this information fitted in perfectly after an urban design input from human centred class and were we could incorporate the aspect into the Grafton space. To look at ways to incorporate maybe shared space or a safety structure for cyclist on the area.

The next couple days have been more focused on group work, and as a team gaining insights from our research, observations and role-playing. Which has helped us gain a better understanding of the area and its user needs of Grafton.


Gathering observations and insights as a group using pictures and notes.

Later on the week my aim is to start generating ideas mainly focusing on the aspect I have chose to enhance the users experience, were I need will to narrow down to three conceptual ideas for next weeks judging panel presentation.

Auckland Transport :Design challenge project

Week one, blog one:


Returning back from a great summers holiday, its been a week of university as a product design student were a new exciting brief based on Auckland public transport in particular of the Auckland hospital and Grafton area has been given.

Earlier during the week we visited the area as a class and took photos of the location and also had a quest speaker Anthony Cross from Auckland transport to inform us about the way there system works and future development plans in the upcoming years and what sort of issues they face with the current system of there service. So far we have gathered there are quite a lot of opportunities to rasp with in this project. Were there is a potential of improvement of the users experience.

From the trip of the location, as a class we gathered that not many people actually knew that it was a train service underground.

While being at the platform of the train station the way finding was not clearly labelled.

The lack of information provided of the different types of public transport with in the area.

The first three phases of the design process based along mainly with research and analysing the situation is amongst a group of five, were then each individual then communicates a solution to a particular tailored aspect of enhancing the walking, cycling or public transport user experience.

Using the Internet to search on the percentage and different types of users and experience of transport in Auckland, which has engaged a high percentage of users of Auckland transport service and how I can help to better enhance the experience, during the knowledge-gathering phase.

This week has been catered to the initiate phase of the design process with the group and over the next couple of days, the teams goals are to go out there and interview possible users and gather useful insights at the different periods of the day and also try doing role playing to gain empathy and a better understanding of the different users.