Welcome to our response to Resilient Melbourne’s Citymart Challenge!
How might we make the experience of travel more socially fulfilling?
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.
Some ideas might include: