Matthew Brooks, owner and founder of Nomi explains the inspiration behind the BUSt! boredom Mega Maze and Misfits installations.

Matthew Brooks, owner and founder of Nomi explains the inspiration behind the BUSt! boredom Mega Maze and Misfits installations.

Documentation of our recent work with the Lexington Downtown Development Authority, LexTran, LexPark and KaBoom! is currently underway. 

Last year, the LDDA's "BUSt! boredom" proposal to re-imagine the Transit Center was chosen as 1 of 50 winners from over 1,000 applicants to receive a grant from KaBoom!'s Play Everywhere Challenge, a collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Initial concept sketch for Misfits

Initial concept sketch for Misfits

During Lexington’s Public Space Public Life Study performed by the Gehl Institute in 2015, the Transit Center was identified as a “harsh and undignified experience that forces transit users to wait in a space with few amenities cut off from the rest of Downtown." (Gehl, 2015) The goal of BUSt! boredom is to "encourage wonder, conversation, pride, and a sense of belonging for the almost 5,000 predominantly low income individuals who pass through this space every day" and to "inspire imagination and promote interaction among caregivers and children during their 10 to 15 minute wait." (LDDA, 2016)

Nomi worked alongside two other design teams, the UK College of Design and Informal Office to develop prototypical and replicable concepts that allow children (and adults) in Lexington to "Play Everywhere". Our two concepts, "Mega Maze" and "Misfits" are currently installed at Lexington's central transit center on Vine Street.

We had a lot of fun working on this one and are very excited to be part of this people-first design project for our city!

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