Tourist Trap

Prathyusha Viddam
At the Tourist Trap, the most efficient path through the site is not necessarily the shortest route. Motion sensing LED lights are embedded within the ground, tracing the fast pace of local New Yorkers. The ghost path left behind remains long enough to aid passengers from the next train who wish to avoid the hordes of tourists who have come to watch the performers.
Prathyusha Viddam 06Rendering concept for locals vs. tourist division

The Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) effort in New York is currently being developed and will eventually change not only the neighborhood but also bring in more tourism. However, research has shown that local New Yorkers and tourists travel in uniquely different patterns - the former focused on efficiency and speed while the latter chooses to meander through. This juxtaposition has led to insufficient use of pedestrian spaces in the city, and will continue to spread to areas like SPURA. However, what happens when you divide local and tourist routes?

Tourist Trap creates a space that both divides and integrates. A series of motion sensors can help locals easily bypass tourists and get to their next destination quickly while the tourists can stay and interact in events that are set up to keep them occupied. The sensor lights are constantly tracking motion, creating a dynamic environment that changes with traffic flow.

Prathyusha Viddam 04The space will be optimized to guide two groups of people through a series of changing guides

Prathyusha Viddam 02Diagram animated changing path flow

Prathyusha Viddam 09As motion changes in Tourist Trap, the LED paths change as well

Prathyusha Viddam 08Rendering of path leading out