Item author
Pedro Branco
Item Created
15 Jun 2010
Photo taken on
15 Jun 2010 9:30 am
14 Jun 2010 11:10 am
Photo author
Bianca Berti

Covering Infra-Structure Cracks

Foam stripes often do the job

Foam and Cardboards: Alternative solutions to block wind

Most ''tube'' cashiers cover wind cracks with foam and cardboard in order to stop wind from messing with bills and sheets.

Context of the observation

This is a common scenario in ‘’tube’’ bus stops: the cashier handles non-expensive , easy to find kinds of materials to implement in his/her workplace. Sometimes to make it more comfortable, like placing big cardboards strategically to block out sunrays off of the eyes, and other times to optimize work functionality, like covering cracks and open areas with foam to stop wind from messing up with money bills, schedule sheets and newspaper. Solutions like this are already a know-how between ‘’tube’’ cashiers.


Tibagi Street, number 20, Downtown Curitiba, Curitiba


3 Interpretations

Witnessing these kinds of intervention points out that some essential needs to a worthy workspace are not being attended. Although it displays the creativity and strong adaptation characteristics of these workers, the essential needs should still be attended by the workspace infra-structure. A good way to maintain the creative flow is to offer scenarios that could be intervened for increasing worker`s wellbeing and satisfaction, rather than demanding adaptations for minimum functional workspace.

Pedro Branco
15 Jun 2010

The intervention implemented by the cashiers makes the workspace more comfortable and secure, considering the twelve hour double-shift duration that most of them spend inside the tube. The cashiers often do a single six hour shift in a different bus stop, those intervention element must be easy to pack and instal to each tube.

Vivian Jacob
16 Jun 2010

This kind of intervention is not just about attending needs. As all the workers that have their onw workspace, the cashier feels more comfortable with the work it self. It feels like that place belong to him, beeing not just a public space.

Lucas Martinichen
16 Jun 2010

3 Questions & 0 Responses

What can be done so that the operator(cashier) feels more comfortable and secure without making daily changes to their workspace?

Vivian Jacob
16 Jun 2010

How long does he have to stay there in one shift?

Carla Zimmermann
17 Jun 2010

How do passengers react to this creative interventions? Does this affect their behavior inside the tubes? (maybe making them feel uncomfortable or do they also create other interventions?)

Stefanie Schidlof
16 Jun 2010