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Hsuan-yang Lin

new york, United States

Member since March 10, 2008

  • Projection_177_

    This is one of the components for the system of Subwait+.

    Parts: projector, speaker and motion sensor

    How does it work?

    • All the parts are enclosed by a vandal resistant housing unit, which is installed onto the ceiling in the platform of subway station.
    • Once a person stands below the sensor for more than 10 seconds, the animation and sound would start to play.
    • The animation plays images and sound according to the current weather or station temperature condition. For example, during a hot summer, it would play the motion and sound of a water fall; on the other hand, during spring it would play images of birds in the forest.

    Intended Impact

    • Using appealing sound and visuals to not only distract riders from the painful screech noise but also to stimulate a dynamic and enjoyable moment while waiting for the trains.
  • Panel_sml_177_

    This project was created in consultation with Dr. Arline Bronzaft, chair of the noise committee at Council of the Environment of New York City (CENYC), as well as Mr. Albani Themo, principal engineer from the department of environmental engineering of New York City Transit.

    New York City subway riders suffer from serious noise pollution while traveling through depressing subway stations. The dirtiness and noise generates a sense of insecurity.

    In the event that MTA implements a complete station "house cleaning" exercise, Subwait+ aims to enhance the quality of the interior environment of NYC subway stations. Through the installation of components, inspired by elements of nature, Subwait+ seeks to stimulate a more humane and dynamic traveling experience for the riders. The components include acoustic panels, ambience lighting, projected motion images and natural soundtracks. This system of parts can accommodate various formats of stations.

    In the future, Subwait+ would search for potential design opportunities in other stations throughout the city, exploring a new language to express the relationship between nature and public transit spaces.

  • Subwait+

    Environment, Environmental Design


    Refurbishing 100-year-old NYC subway stations for the 21st Century. For more information click here

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design