Michelle Sheng

Bubble Openers

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Placemaking concepts for public transport.

Bubble Openers is a design project developed from a study of interactions between strangers that playfully reimagines commuting by public transport in Tāmaki Makaurau.

In our world full of socially distanced bubbles, online filtering and friendship circles, many people lack positive and meaningful connections beyond the ‘bubble’ they live in.

Bubble Openers engages public transport as an integral part of many Aucklanders’ daily life to provide space for positive interactions between diverse strangers. Creative utilisation of this everyday environment could allow Aucklanders to better understand and connect with people outside of their ‘bubbles’.

Bubble Openers is a project that presents a development of visual icebreakers and activation concepts to encourage positive interactions between commuters on public transport. The concepts aim to help make commuting more enjoyable and safe, providing fun, easy ways to start conversations and connect with fellow commuters.