Chicago Tribune Profiles Prize-Winning Transit Project from SAIC Faculty
On October 22 the Chicago Tribune highlighted a new project by designers George Aye and Sara Cantor Aye, faculty members in SAIC’s Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO). Writer Jon Hilkevitch notes in the paper’s front section that the husband and wife team last year opened the Greater Good Studio—a Chicago Firm that seeks to solve social problems with design solutions—and were recently awarded TED’s $10,000 City 2.0 grant. The money will support Designing Chicago: New Tools for Public Transit, a project that aims to improve Chicago mass transit through public participation. Aiming to create “the mother of all transit apps,” the Ayes have asked volunteer commuters, dubbed “urban agents,” to document and share their use of existing transit tools. "We want to create an app that helps people to actually not just have an easier commute, but maybe even have a more enjoyable commute, a more integrated commute, “ explains Sara Aye. “Maybe one where they trust their transit and believe in their city."