For this week's assignment, I went and spoke with a lot of classmates as to why they wait for the elevator, and when they decide to walk up the stairs. Realistically, it is unlikely that people on the 12/F would walk but I think 4/F is not so high up that one cannot walk up even with a heavy bag. While my main reason for not walking up is my heavy bag (so if there is a bag delivery system to the floors, I would happily walk up every day), our interviewees mostly believe it is worth waiting for the elevator unless there is a huge crowd waiting when they know they won't make it in the first go. I therefore started asking some of them to time their waiting + travel time on the elevator while I stared timing my walks up and down the stairs. I have managed to walk up the stairs in 45 seconds, at 55 seconds at a slower pace. When I have to wait for the elevator (and by waiting, I mean when the elevator is not already there) however, it would range for at least 1 minute, one case was 2:15 seconds (both were going up, no huge crowd). We believe that since all respondents were motivated normally to walk in hopes to save time, we believe we can design a system that will remind them the time they can save from walking up by displaying it on the elevators.
1 - The elevator spinning wheel of death
This is a simple way to remind people that the second they press the button and the elevator has not arrived, they are essentially wasting time, similar to staring a the spinning to death.
2 - Display the estimated time of travel on elevator doors
The elevator doors will display the time it would take to arrive: and it would remind people the exact amount of time they are wasting while waiting. A green arrow will light up, directing to the stairs, reminding people that by walking there is ZERO waiting time.
We also think that it could be effective to have a checkpoint system that can be measured by your NYU ID card. For example, every floor will have a card scanner that will record your time walking up the floors, it will then record the time you take to walk up and show how much time the walker has saved over a period of time (perhaps weekly, or monthly) by walking instead of taking the elevator. This is positive reinforcement that ideally would help encourage them to continue the activity.
This is it! Thank you to classmate Clio for the drawings!