[ What


A concept of integration of different functions and services. / Containing and Communicating as the main features / Containing in terms of storaging general personal stuff + additional useful tools / Communicating in terms of selfexpression + getting in contact with other people’s interests and needs

[ Why ]

From the observation on the spot some crucial findings came out. / Exixstance of private little ‘home sweet home’ areas in hidden places / Domestic use of lockers / Informal occupation of public space / Undervisibility of messages posted on billboards due to location and organisation

[ Who ]

‘The Nomad’ / Not a precise target, but a specific attitude / A nomad is a wanderer with no fixed residence who roams about getting in contact with other people / The C3 user has his own stuff, but he actually spend most of his time in a collective space and he needs a way to feel more comfortable and safe in an unpersonal place

[ How ]

pay for temporary use

4 1
give deposti for rent Advertisment of Sponsors

Rechage Box

Collective place Functional Boxes

2 4
private Boxes

Microwave and Dressings

pay for A.D. space cost of production

Informational billboard

Temporary sitting places




[ E.g. ]

Paolo, 23 arrives as usual preatty early at the Campus. Before lesson he needs to pick up his locker and in his personal space he founds a message from Alan telling him that they will meet at the locker’s station for lunch.

While attending the lesson Paolo loves to put down his ideas with sketches so he always brings his portable locker, where he usually storages all the tools he needs to draw, in class.

After lesson Paolo goes to the locker’s station to meet Alan. Since C3 has been put at the Campus at lunch time there are often many people there, using the microwaves, reading messages posted at the billboard or just sitting on the bench and resting for a while. But fortunately Paolo has his own box where to wait.

When Alan arrives his laptop is very low in power, so he picks a ‘powerbox’. As usual there is no free class to work and they arrange their stuff on the floor. Also Paolo’s laptop needs some power. He easily connects it to the powerbox and they start working on their groupwork.

It’s Friday and Paolo brings his locker home to draw during the weekend. Alan does not have a locker, he prefers to take the few things he needs always with him. But before leaving the Campus he goes to the locker’s station to leave a message to a friend.

[ C3 Station ]

The Product -> fixed structure

[ C3 Billboard ]

[ C3 Box ]

[ C3 Seat ]

[ C3 Table ]

[ C3 Storage ]

[ C3 Storage h ]

[ C3 Storage v ]

[ C3 Powerbox ]

[ C3 System ]

[ C3 Control ]

[ C3 Locker ]

[ C3 Use ]

[ C3 Use ]

[ C3 Accessories ]
design block PK

PB teen

Design Ideas™

[ Why C3 should be successful ]
/ improval of the service and extra revenues for Politecnico / money for the Investor without any interests / facilitation of everyday’s life at the Campus for the user / new and more effective advertising channel for companies / more visibility for Politecnico also outside the Campus / deposit of money for a service that is now for free / management and organisation to let the system work properly / maintenance (free shared objects might be damaged)

to the external world

/ new typology of lockers by totally implementing their function

/ no interest for extra features / confusion if used inappropriately / no revenues if users only interested in free and common services

of different functions

feeling enhanced through sharing

/ efficient tool to answer to identified needs / access for external companies to the Campus through a new channel for communication

[ Today / Tomorrow / Future ]

Before C3 / Each locker looks the same creating a boring scene at the Campus / I have to carry around all my stuff in hand or with my one case / Groups of people arrange themselves on the floor to work in public space / Messages posted on billboards are always a mess / No way to have a warm meal brought from home

With C3 / Each locker is personalised and creates a little ‘world in the world’ / I can storage all my stuff in my box and carry it easily wherever I need / Working in public space becomes easier and more comfortable / Informations are easily accessible and clearly organised / Quality of the ‘lunch time’ experience is improved

Future Developments / Standardisation of all locker systems in the universities / Lockers might be bought or become a souvenir / Billboards will turn in to digital screens and a software will manage the organisation / Locker stations although in public places not necessary related to accademic institutions

[ Mengni Yuan / Victor Marino / Virginia Hechtel / Wei Lin / Xiaohan Mei ]

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