CIVILIZING THE BUS.Too often, bus stations are dreadful, offering inefficient dark, dank dank
adj. dank·er, dank·est
Disagreeably damp or humid. See Synonyms at wet.
[Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin. and stinking stinking
having an intrinsic fetid smell.
irisfoetidissima. shelters to travellers, who are automatically marked down as second class citizens. Here is a design which promises to make bus travel decent, and contribute to the texture of the city.
Bus stations in literature are urban romantic reflections of raw metropolitan life. In reality. they often look like cattle pens for fourth class travellers, those too poor for private cars, fast trains or planes. The necessary promotion of environment friendly travel requires this shabby image to be drastically overhauled.
In 1998 Hamburg held a competition to replace their ZOB ZOB Zentraler Omnibus Bahnhof (German: Central Bus Station)
ZOB Zydowska Organizacja Bojowa (Jewish Fighting Organization; Warsaw Ghetto)
ZOB Zébu Overseas Bank (Central Bus Station) which lies a stone's throw stone's throw
A short distance.
a short distance
Noun 1. from the central train station and beside Hamburg's Applied Arts Museum. Flanked by a hamburger chain operating out of an ex-water tower, a row of shabby travel agents specializing in East European tours, and a social services social services
welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs
social services npl → servicios mpl sociales container where drug addicts obtain clean needles, the present ZOB is a marginalized inner-city facility.
Architects Silcher. Werner + Redante, who won against several national and eight international firms, saw the need to raise ZOB's public profile by creating a city landmark structure. The crescent-shaped translucent roof, sheltering kiosks and travellers, is likely to be as distinctive and unique to Hamburg as the glazed barrel vaults of the city's nineteenth-century railway station. Supported 1 2m above the ground by a colonnade colonnade (kŏlənād`), a row of columns usually supporting a roof. Colonnades were popular with the Greeks and Romans, who employed them in the stoa and the portico; they have continued to be used throughout the Middle Ages, the of slender steel columns, this glass wing structure will be 89m across, and stiffened, using the spoked wheel principle, by a skeleton of steel plates 20-35mm thick between the two curved steel collar edges. When illuminated at night, it will glow like a fluorescent cloud.
Steel framed service modules below the roof are to be structurally independent. Manufactured in a Hamburg shipyard, they will be assembled and bolted on site with opaque walls constructed like car body shells for ticket offices, sanitary services, electrical and mechanical rooms, bus inspectors and drivers canteen and rest rooms.
In contrast public areas (foyer and restaurants) will be seen through transparent spaces with glass walls held in a tennis net steel framework. Metallic silver grey finishes and minimal but bright colour accents are hoping to give ponderous pon·der·ous
1. Having great weight.
2. Unwieldy from weight or bulk.
3. Lacking grace or fluency; labored and dull: a ponderous speech. See Synonyms at heavy. bus transport a dynamic, space port docking, image. Another aim was to reduce the impact of the bus station and increase surrounding greenery and traffic free zones. With transport logistics developed by Lego the Danish toy manufacturer, the asphalt wasteland generally associated with traffic nodes has been halved. Buses will reverse out of terminus lanes instead of driving through as they did in the former S-lane pattern. This space saving allows the road between the former island bus station and museum to be deleted and replaced with a safe and direct pedestrian plaza link to the museum's nineteenth-century grand entrance. A swathe swathe 1
tr.v. swathed, swath·ing, swathes
1. To wrap or bind with or as if with bandages.
2. To enfold or constrict.
A wrapping, binding, or bandage. of soft landscaping, trees, ground covering bushes and seating along paths, extending from the plaza and skirting the ZOB facilities should also help filter carbon dioxide carbon dioxide, chemical compound, CO2, a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is about one and one-half times as dense as air under ordinary conditions of temperature and pressure. and fumes fumes
odorous gases and other volatile materials; inhalation of irritating fumes causes coughing and, if sufficiently severe, irreversible pulmonary edema. .
Starting on site in October 2000 the ZOB will continue to run services during construction. The building, at a cost of 25 million Deutschmarks, is programmed for completion by the end of 2001.
Well designed small transport structures, like this country bus stop can help to structure environment and life. Set commandingly at a junction of forest roads in rural Idaho near Moscow, there is a strange little structure which from a distance shines like a small temple against the dark green trees. Closer up, it resembles a large silver sentry box with a bulging front, suitable for a portly port·ly
adj. port·li·er, port·li·est
1. Comfortably stout; corpulent. See Synonyms at fat.
2. Archaic Stately; majestic; imposing.
[From port5. preposterous yet amiable part keeper out of a Hans Andersen tale.
In fact, it is a school bus stop by Michael Culpepper and Greg Tew, made to protect the children of a group of families. They wanted to make it as cheap and easy to erect as possible while giving it presence. Each side is cut from a standard 8 x 12 ft (2.4 x 3.5m) sheet of three quarter inch (19mm) ply - the curves of the envelope give the structure stiffness. The whole was prefabricated pre·fab·ri·cate
tr.v. pre·fab·ri·cat·ed, pre·fab·ri·cat·ing, pre·fab·ri·cates
1. To manufacture (a building or section of a building, for example) in advance, especially in standard sections that can be easily shipped and and delivered complete to the steep site where it rests on beams supported on concrete piles.
Inside, the warm plywood is exposed and seats are arranged step like so large and small children alike can look out over the forest. It is a decent little contribution to the notion of public realm for a country community.