Welcome to our response to Resilient Melbourne’s Citymart Challenge!

 

You asked…

How might we make the experience of travel more socially fulfilling?

We wondered…

What if we could transform a train carriage into an experimental curiosity lab?  

 

‘We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.’ - George Bernard Shaw

Introducing Curious Carriage, a carriage on the Melbourne metropolitan rail network transformed into an experimental curiosity lab that encourages social engagement through play.

Through play we develop curiosity, consolidate change, learn new skills, and discover more about ourselves, each other and our world. Play unlocks creativity and encourages mindfulness. Play can also break down social barriers.

Using Human Centred Design principles, existing carriage elements will feature new digital and physical experiences, including performance and installation. It’s a dynamic space not only because it’s constantly moving and passengers are in flux, but it’s also flexible and adaptable, with content driven by passengers. Outside peak travel times, the carriage is a venue (a destination in itself!) for performance and creative consultation.

All components will be designed for scaling beyond the pilot carriage, with positive impacts reaching far beyond a single carriage.


We're inspired by:

Obliteration Room, Yayoi Kusama, 2011

Melbourne Art trams

Silent Disco

Tram Sessions

Books on the Rail project

Perth Train Party

 

Some ideas might include:

This concept comes from Talking Park Bench with high fives from GHD, CoDesign Studio, Sandpit, The School of Life, Think Partnership, Off the Kerb Gallery and VicHyper.

For more info or to chat, contact Claire Dixon, claire@talkingparkbench.org

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
 The Curious Carriage Crew! L-R, Cat Turville, Antony Maubach Howard, Claire Dixon and Euphemia Gannon.  Thanks also to Sarah, Max, Gianna, Cam and everyone who helped to create and share this idea. 

The Curious Carriage Crew! L-R, Cat Turville, Antony Maubach Howard, Claire Dixon and Euphemia Gannon.

Thanks also to Sarah, Max, Gianna, Cam and everyone who helped to create and share this idea. 


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