The Haven
Michelle Oiwake

The Haven is a collapsible "pop up" tent that can be dispatched to victims of natural disasters who have lost their homes and belongings. In many cases, victims do now get the necessary aid or help right away like the victims of Hurricane Katrina, who did not receive immediate response from the government. As a survival rule of thumb, it is crucial to get victims shelter and water within 24 hours to increase their chances of survival. People can go a lot longer without food than water, and can be extremely vulnerable without shelter. The durable yet lightweight tent is easily transported via trucks or helicopter and can provide both a shelter and a dew collecting system. Inspired by the biomimicry of the Namib beetle, the harvesting system collects dew in the early morning and provides potable water for the day. According to Munich Re Touch, 140 million people were affected in 2013. Many of these locations have a high relative humidity rate and in the right conditions, each tent can collect up to 2 liters in one night. The structure of the tent was inspired by an umbrella, therefore, is user friendly for anyone and uses lightweight, yet durable materials such as flexible aluminum and teflon fabric for the most efficient way to harvest dew. The teflon fabric is pleated to maximize surface area and the flexible aluminum is durable, recyclable, lightweight, and excellent for insulation. The Haven is designed efficiently to save as many lives as possible when every second counts.

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BART + Bikes
Johann Hoeflich, Brittany Leblanc, David Pullido

Commuting via bicycle has numerous benefits for the body, environment, and society. In San Francisco, bicycle usage has increased in the last ten years, especially in conjunction with BART, the area’s rapid transit system. However, even though efforts have been made to better integrate the two forms of transit, it is not a smooth system by any means for
all commuters.

BART + BIKES, in collaboration with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, is a system that makes the bicycling experience on the subway system much more seamless, addressing it at three levels: on the street, at the subway station, and on the subway car itself. At each stage, the goal two-fold: make it easier for existing bicyclists to navigate the city and system, and to encourage new riders to join in as well through inquiry and engagement in addition to serving the bicyclists of San Francisco.

At the street level, bike paths are patterned to create visual interest and are color coded to direct bicyclists toward the nearest BART station. Station markers at high-volume intersections provide information and tools for the existing rider and potential new ones. At the station level, new amenities are provided to make entering and exiting the station via bike easier. In addition, quick stops for bicycle maintenance, rental, and coffee are provided for new riders and to promote dialogue about bicycles. At the subway level, dedicated cars have bike racks to provide optimal seating for riders and bicyclists alike.

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Changing the Way You Wait
Thea Medina, Lisa Ouwerkerk, Tanya Pohlner

The public bus system is a vital part of the community and an integral system for people with limited personal modes
of transportation. As essential as public transportation is, it creates many inconveniences. We have identified the experience of waiting for the bus to be a major deterrent and therefore decided to focus our project on changing the way that people wait. As part of our solution we’ve limited the number of stops each bus makes and developed links between bus stops and adjacent businesses. We believe that this will provide people with a safer, more comfortable wait, where they are able to enjoy amenities (such as food, bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, ability to pre-purchase bus tickets) provided by the business/metro cooperation. By limiting the number of stops it will decrease the time that people have to wait for and between stops. By incorporating both of these into the public transportation system, we believe that it will create a more pleasurable and unique waiting experience that will entice more people to use public buses.

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