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  • Sarah Olson - CCA Graduate Thesis Events

    Sarah Olson

    How Do You Move?
    Transit Analysis: Changing the way we think about moving through our cities.
    Why We Ride: Community building and storytelling for cyclists.
    Swarm: A prototype for transforming urban dynamics and social networks.
    Paint The Town: A prototype to enable community building, activism and data collection.
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    Drifter (Process)
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    How Do You Move?

    Design research with cyclists and pedestrians / 2012

    Transit Analysis: Changing the way we think about moving through our cities.

    Digital / 2012

    Why We Ride: Community building and storytelling for cyclists.

    Plywood / 2012

    Swarm: A prototype for transforming urban dynamics and social networks.

    Arduino; XBee; LEDs; wires; plastic encasing; batteries; mounting hardware / 2013

    Paint The Town: A prototype to enable community building, activism and data collection.

    Non-toxic, water-based paint; plastic container; bicycle tires; electrical tape; cardboard / 2013

    Drifter

    Aluminum; leather; arduino; LEDs; wires; solder; mobile application / 2012

    Drifter (Process)

    Aluminum; leather; arduino; LEDs; wires; solder; mobile application / 2012

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    Paper, pencil, pen, marker / 2012

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    Digital renderings / 2012

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    Ceramic clay, dirt, basil plant, wooden dowel

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    tosaraholson@gmail.com

    cargocollective.com/saraholson

    Works

    I started my thesis exploration with a design challenge: how might we decrease the use of cars within a city by encouraging individuals to walk and bike more to get from point A to point B? My inspiration comes from ideas put forth by Jane Jacobs, the celebrated urban activist who promoted the notion that city planning should be based around citizen participation. My thesis explores how an approach grounded in community building can benefit our daily lives.

    Transforming urban dynamics and drawing on social networks within the cycling community calls attention to the act of cycling as part of a larger system. The goal of connecting riders while in route is ultimately to empower more cyclists to move throughout their cities. Currently, there are myriad organizations and events that promote a community of cycling. Groups like the SF Bike Coalition and Critical Mass work to create a dialogue around the act of cycling. However, when it comes to interaction while in the saddle, there are few moments in which cyclists have the opportunity to acknowledge one another and celebrate their act of cycling on a regular basis.

    By implementing a small shift in the way we perceive the culture and act of moving through our cities, we can build a community that fully embraces the notion that cyclists are part of a larger unit working together. And the more individuals who join the cause, the greater positive impact we have our bodies, our cities, and our environment.