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Exhibition Designed for all at the Espai Mercè Sala
We are reusing old bus materials to make platforms more accessible.
In December 2022, some stations in the metro network began using armrests for the first time. This was a pilot test for a project developed by TMB, together with the Barcelona Design Centre and Elisava who provided expertise.
These elements make benches on platforms more accessible for people with functional diversity or reduced mobility.
With the aim of publicising this co-creation project and explaining the process, the Barcelona Design Centre and Elisava have co-produced a travelling exhibit that was on display at the DHUB (Barcelona Design Hub) in December and January, and is now going to be on show at the Espai Mercè Sala. In spring, the exhibit will move the Elisava facilities.
It focuses on the concept of the design of an arm rest for all, using cradle to cradle circular design criteria.
More info about Espai Mercè Sala. Free entrance.
We work with waste products
The armrests are in line with the universal ergonomic prototype, and are made from stainless steel tubing from decommissioned buses. This material is resistant to wear and tear, is anti-graffiti and does not transmit electric shocks.
The armrests are rounded, as this is more comfortable for the user, and the surface is textured to make them easier to grip. The design has been created with the ergonomics of the user's hand in mind, and the prototypes are located on the benches that are aligned with the doors corresponding to the carriages for users with reduced mobility.
Industrial processes involved in manufacture has been minimised to make it more sustainable and to guarantee the smallest possible ecological footprint.
Have you taken part in the pilot test? We need your opinion!
You can try out the armrests and use them at Universitat and La Sagrera stations on L1. Download the QR codes located near where the armrests have been installed, and let us know what you think.
Your experience will help us to reassess the prototypes before they are manufactured and installed throughout the metro network.
At these stations you will also find the new ischiatic seats, another of our accessibility initiatives, also undergoing a pilot test period.
Get more info about this pilot test.