In reaction to our worldwide energy and environmental crises, there has been an effort to create both alternative transportation and renewable energy production methods. Viewed primarily as a public infrastructure issue, these efforts have been conducted almost exclusively at the urban planning level with little consideration of how the urban interior might be affected or how it might contribute to the efforts.
The disciplines of interior design and urban planning are perceived as autonomous, yet they are inextricably linked by a cause and effect relationship. The interior shapes the urbanscape of our cities through building codes, zoning for light and air, and the mediated interface of public and private life.
Bike the Interior explores the place of the urban cyclist in the private-office interior, specifically in the New York City's McGraw-Hill Building. It considers not only how people might utilize the bicycle in the private-office interior as an extension of the public-urban landscape, but also how it might change and promote the perception of bicycle use in New York City as a whole.
Thesis Advisor: Peter Wheelwright