December 6, 2009

So we compiled the entire thing as a website  presentation, so click the link below for the final piece:

Part 3 – Proposal

December 6, 2009

Our proposal for the RCC stairs involves transforming the normal everyday stairs used mostly for transportation from one floor to another into a fun event. The RCC stairs would be transformed into a bouncy castle slide, temporarily put up during exam times, which also coincide with the holiday season. Our proposal is not only to liven up the time at school for students and faculty, but to act as a stress-reliever as well. The bouncy castle slide will invoke our most stress-free and fun moments of our lives, our childhood. With exam times being the most stressful, and the holiday season all about having fun, all students and faculty would happily attend this event. With the stairs being only up during a certain part of the year and not all the time, it makes it that much more special.

We all decided to stay in touch through a long Facebook message. That way we could keep each other updated and communicate faster and easier. In the first few shots of the Facebook message illustrates the thinking process and kicking ideas around and mainly just writing them down so that we could post them on the blog. We previously did not have Jennifer on Facebook so we had a separate message where we assigned roles before meeting Jennifer face to face, since she is a year ahead of us.  We mainly volunteered for the positions we wanted and Mac jumped in whenever he could since he was taking on a different project as well.  Then once our ideas were up and going and posted on the blog we split up the work for part 3 and kept each other informed through the Facebook message.
Here are a few shots of the on-going Facebook message:

Our group found these 3 videos to best help develop our ideas about improving the staircase at the RCC. All the videos pretty much say how people do not like to do any work. If people have a method besides of transportation besides walking, they will gladly take it over the stairs. To battle laziness. The piano stairs video tries to make the staircase as interactive as possible — and it works really well. There is a visible difference in how often the elevator is used before and after the piano is installed. The last video is just of a kid having fun sliding down the stairs (one of the things that everyone wants to be allowed to do, but cannot due to it not being socially acceptable to do in public). These videos helped us develop a staircase that allows people to have fun by using the stairs, without thinking about actually doing work.


December 3, 2009



The RCC was built to be a fully interactive and high adaptable communications “world”, so everything constructed in it, including the stairs, had to look the part. The building design, construction, technical design and installation all had to have a futuristic and technical look to it because it would carry “state-of-the-art” computer labs, networked media and print facilities. Their mission/purpose was to be Canada’s foremost educational and research centre for digital communications and interactive digital media. Since then, the centre has been designed to support and enhance educational and professional efforts in broadcasting, broadband and new media technology and education. It is a reflection of today’s workplace while furnishing the technological infrastructure to serve the developing communication needs of today.

Part 3 – Social Uses

December 2, 2009

The stairs at the RCC are used as the main route to get to the majority of classes in the building. It is built in two sections with two social meeting places: one halfway up the staircase, and one underneath the staircase. Both have benches to sit on. The space is used by the majority of people — staff and students — who enter the building. The only alternative way up is the elevator, which many choose over the stairs, since it takes the half the time, and is easier. The stairs are intentionally built with large railings to encourage users to hold onto them; however, since the stairway is so wide, many who climb it choose not to hold on.
With these observations what we plan to do is make more people take the stairs by involving enjoyable ways of getting up and down them, increasing health awareness and making it more interactive and unique for those who use it daily.