Lexington Downtown Development Authority
BUSt! boredom will reprogram Lexington’s main bus station with visual art installations and creative programming for children and caregivers waiting for a ride. The project will encourage wonder, conversation, pride, and a sense of belonging for the almost 5,000 predominantly low income individuals who pass through this space every day. BUSt! boredom will engage people at different levels of the space through interactive wall and ceiling installations. These projects will inspire imagination and promote interaction among caregivers and children during their 10 to 15 minute wait.
Lexington’s Public Space Public Life Study tracked key public spaces in downtown Lexington and identified Transit Center as a “harsh and undignified experience that forces transit users to wait in a space with few amenities cut off from the rest of Downtown," (Gehl 2015). Transit Center has a large 500-foot long concrete waiting area with little to see or do. The transfer point for almost all Lexington public transit buses, Transit Center sees up to 800 people per hour and 5,000 people per day on their way to work, school, and to see friends and family. Approximately 600 children and 300 caregivers pass through this space each day. They wait without access to green space, visual stimulation, areas to run, or activities designed for kids to interact and actively engage. Here children are held captive by circumstance and surroundings blocking their ability to play and fulfill their development.
We want Transit Center to be visually stimulating, include children in public design, and signal that public transit is not a lesser class option. BUSt! boredom makes play easy by meeting kids and families where they are on their daily journey. The space will demonstrate the value of people-first and play-friendly design that is replicable citywide.
- Hannah O'Leary