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How would you envision a better bus stop shelter? The Seeking Shelter Youth Design Challenge is a project that invites youth to creatively re-imagine these public spaces. With the aim of encouraging community interaction and addressing environmental impact, students were challenged to design a new bus shelter that would better fill community needs.

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Using cardboard and freeware tools, students assemble structures in physical and virtual spaces to explore their ideas. Through the website, teachers are engaging their students in a dialog about community and environment. The project culminates in two contests: a November contest for the conceptual cardboard model designs and a December contest for the refined designs created in SketchUp.

The project launched with a conceptual bus stop shelter installation in September at the ZERO1 Art & Technology Biennial in San Jose, CA. The installation aimed bring people together in playful experimentation as they add components to the full scale model, record audio in SoundCloud and make their own small models and share them on Instagram. Locally, the Seeking Shelter project attempts to anchor Silicon Valley with a sense of place through the re-envisioning of a community resting and gathering hub.

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