May 4th, 2019
Fab Day is a design competition presented by the Better Block.

The Problem: Particulate Matter is tiny particles, such as dust, dirt, soot, and smoke, that cause pollution. Transit riders are among the most heavily exposed to PM pollution because of either riding diesel buses or simply standing on the edge of traffic waiting at bus stops. Downwinders at Risk brought to our attention a recent study that showed that you could cut PM exposure by 30-40 percent by simply rethinking the bus stop.

The Challenge: For Fab Day, the challenge is simple: rethink the bus stop to reduce Particulate Matter. And create stops that are inspiring and fun. Of course, it’s not really that easy. The designs need to be easy to assemble using very little hardware. They have to stay on budget. Elements have to be digitally fabricated. And they have to follow DART’s specs as much as possible.

The Budget

BETTER BLOCK will provide a $250 budget plus four hours on the CNC router ($400 value). Teams can fundraise up to $750 for a total of $1,000.

The Details

WE WILL cap the competition at 10 teams with up to five members each. Architects, designers, urban planners, landscape planners, and anyone interested in beautiful design are welcome to participate.

Kickoff/First Workshop on Digital Fabrication: January 16
Second Workshop on Digital Fabrication: January 30
Deadline to sign up: February 4
Fab Day: May 4, 2019


Register Your Team