The pandemics brought to us the "new now", a new way to see life and do our habits. When we talk about the pandemics, we think immediately about the fear of small spaces, of big crowds and in the risk of contamination, all aspects that weren't of our concern a year and a half ago. This new scenario brings a discomfort in the use of public transportation, as it is a place with low ventilation and, in the case of the subway, there's no lightings or natural landscapes. These points are all very valuable now, once they provide safety and a partial relief.
For one to be in a public transportation has the same feeling as in a shopping mall, feeling that makes one lose the track of time once is in an "isolate" environment from the rest of the city. On the other hand, this feeling differs from the one felt in the shopping malls regarding to "enjoy the moment". The transportation in the city is no longer a enjoyable place that people seeks, and now those people wants distance from one other and the more they are able to get by with other means the better.
This project seeks, through the interpretation of different perceptions regarding subway stations, to offer an environment appreciable by society and to show that the freedom to come and go as you please can be like walking down the street, bringing back the willingness to use those means of transportation once again.
(Competitor's text excerpt)
The project entitled Overtime constructs an inversion of the reality experienced in the underground of the metro. The jury greatly appreciated this idea, which responds to the need, often expressed by users, to maintain contact with the sky and with the outside world in the very interior underground spaces of the metro. By contributing to a feeling of security, knowing that the pandemic has considerably increased the anxiety of many passengers, it is a relatively simple solution to a complex problem. The optical illusion would allow us to live with the rhythm of the seasons while offering windows that would allow us to leave our phones behind for a few moments. Temporality is only solved in a space where time is indifferent, because there is no notion of time in a subway. The world can even appear upside down, and the sky can light up the subway. The jury also noted that this idea would not disrupt the normal activities of public transportation and that its apparent technical complexity is now based on perfectly mastered technologies.
(From jury report)