Intervention, Innovation class was taught by Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger of Antenna Design. The class focused on creating innovative products that intervenes into urban scenes to help solve American’s obesity issues. The brief challenged us to pick a group of users, find their needs, and get them to move their bodies. Panisa teamed up with Adem Onalan, Jonathan Lung, and Ziqun Qi. They were interested in office workers, freelance, and remote workers. From their researched, they discovered that not only working at their desk all day creates higher risk of obesity, diabetes, and over eating problems, but also it effects mental healths and isolations. They team saw the opportunity to collaborate with public parks in the city and engage these group of people to go work outside. The challenge they faced was how to bring people out of there regular working environment without interrupting their office hours. They were inspired a case study given by the instructors on the first day of the class about ‘walk meeting’. The team combined two ideas together and came up with ‘Shift’
Shift is an outdoor working station project that situates in urban public parks, targeting office workers, freelancers, and remote workers. The project is managed by NYC and Park and Recreation office, and funded by large private cooperations. Shift also comes with an online platform offer users to generate walking routes from their work place to the station. Co-workers can create walk meeting routes, have conversation while making their way to Shift, and continue their meeting at the meeting station or work individually. With this online platform, users can see available stations, estimate their total time outside, and set goals or agendas of what they want to achieve that day. Shift does not only engage physical and active work-life, but also help boost productivity and creativity to urban users.