• Hanging Bikes by a Thread



    Lesson Plan Topic – Architecture +Product Design

    Subject Area – Arts, Mathematics, Technology

    Lesson Time – 2 to 3 sessions of 60 Minutes

    Introduction - The issue I will be addressing is Bicycle Parking at local city events. The point is to have valet service for the bicyclists, but the way to provide efficient hanging/storage space for the bikes will be challenging. In this lesson we will define the several different sizes, weights and dimensions of bicycles from the front, side, top, and back of bicycles.

    Objectives - After this lesson, we will then be able to start thinking about how big the bike storage area will need to be, what it will need to hold, and how it can be utilized most efficiently. • Stability - Can not fall over due to weight of bicycles • Aesthetics - Must look good for customers to want to leave it with client • Branding - Customers can trust their product with us • Size - To fit a large amount of bicycles most efficiently • Collapsible -for ease transportation

    National Standards - The national standards would have to be that which can pass government standards on publicly used designs that wont causes any harm to people while using the product (collapsing on anyone because of the weight)

    Resources - We will be studying the designs and techniques bridges may have to use, the strength of various materials, new materials, and the best way to brand this concept as a trustworthy place for one to hand over their bike for the duration of the event.

    Materials Needed For Charette - • White board • Colored Dry Erase Markers • Pencils and pens • Paper • Camera to photograph white board

    Vocabulary – Valet, Structure, Security,

    Procedures - The first order of business will be to figure out how much space is needed for the average bicycle. Then how much weight has to be considered. • Discuss and sketch various ways to hold the bikes • consider form and design through function and materials (form follows function) • draw out EVERY idea we think of (no matter how silly it seems) Critique all ideas with each other and narrow down ideas that seem most feasible to go forward with

    Assessment - We will know if the time was well spent if we can see a series of flowing designs and ideas that come through from following the list of objectives. If we can connect the dots to move forward we will know it’s successful

    Enrichment/Extension Activities - By going onto the streets with the lesson we learned we can ask average citizens what they think about the ideas we came up with to further understand what works, and what doesn't. Also we can look at the way parking garages work, coat checks, and see how they produce tickets and organization on the everyday items they tend to.

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