The prototyping process
Now, more than ever, the rail station is central to urban life. Not only an intermodal hub, it’s a place where people feel like spending time, socializing and working. To meet new user demands and anticipate future needs, Transilien undertook to prototype four ways of “updating” the rail station, i.e. developing multiservice concierge set-ups, facilitating work on the go, optimizing intermodal travel and making it easier to sort waste on the station premises. All four aim to improve everyday life and well-being for users by updating the rail station.
3 million passengers take public transportation in the greater Paris area (Ile-de-France)
Today, people are increasingly on the go and connected. As a result, rail stations have become a lot more than places to catch a train. To keep up with new user demands, we assisted Transilien with four projects using a methodology based on field observation and experimentation to translate concepts into practical applications and quickly test them at pilot stations. These projects called for studying user requirements, holding prototyping workshops on site for Transilien teams, designing spaces located within rail stations and making spatial models of same, as well as making recommendations for each project.
Microworking – What if the rail station offered spaces where I could work on the go and save time?
Aware of new trends in favor of working on the go and in shared spaces (public places), weave.air helped Transilien apply the principle of the small, mobile work space to the rail station, from developing the concept and producing 3D models to drafting the specifications.
Optimized waste-sorting at the rail station
While awareness of the importance of recycling and the circular economy is growing, one rarely finds waste-sorting systems in public places in France. weave AIR helped Transilien rethink waste sorting pathways at rail stations, create new signage and develop an event communication strategy to support the roll-out of the new sorting system at rail stations.
“By projecting real-life conditions, stakeholders were able to ‘get’ what the projects were really all about.”
Adrien Beton, Consultant weave.air
“weave AIR had the knowledge, the method and the equipment needed to find concrete solutions and test them very quickly.”
Director, Direction Déléguée des Gares Transiliennes