Sakshi Mehta

Architecture MArch (Hons)

Transit as a catalyst to urban renewal



This project was inspired by the 'sustainable' vision for Dundee city centre and the universal drive to change people's perception of public transport and its infrastructure. Exploring transit as a catalyst for urban renewal results in new ideas and provides momentum for enhancing living conditions in a city. Improving the travel experience through placemaking would be achieved by promoting more active transportation and easy transit mode shares through improved walking, cycling, and waiting conditions. Multi-modal hubs will involve reconsidering our journey environment to create inclusive and accessible transit, safer streets, and vibrant neighbourhoods. These hubs can also potentially tackle the issue of derelict land in Dundee by integrating them with the surrounding urban fabric, transforming them into liveable spaces. Concentrated mobility in urban, metropolitan, and rural areas opens up new possibilities for local improvements to the public domain, commercial purposes, and community programs.

Designing these mobility hubs as small-scale, socially catalytic interventions adaptable to the surroundings and the community for whom they are targeted to address can unite the neighbourhood and foster social interaction.

The mobility hub on weekday functions mainly to fulfil everyday needs of transit and cater to the other services the mobility hub offers, such as delivery hubs, bike storage and retail. The public square is open for socialisation and interaction.   On weekends and other occasions, pedestrianised areas are open for other temporary activities such as farmer's markets, food trucks, and so on, with a diverse range of products that 'fit' with local community needs and 'tastes'.
Six small images show close up of the Future Mobility Hub
To demonstrate how users would engage with the Future Mobility Hub Framework, three characters and their user journeys have been developed. These begin to delve into the specific needs of the users and how each mobility hub should respond to context, scale, and opportunity.