Since my post about the stairs around Julliard I found this video about some musical stairs that were installed in Odenplan, Stockholm. The idea was that if stairs were made to be fun, that more people would use them. As it turns out, the stairs saw a 66% increase in usage because of this. Cute, right?
Now imagine if we did more imaginative things like this with stairs, but instead of music they produced power? Foot traffic is one of the most under utilized forms of potential energy. In my opinion they should rip out escalator all together and make stairs that capture the energy of your step to power buildings. I definitely realize that there are people out there with disabilities and so you have elevators to help them. Wouldn’t it be nice to start using these everyday objects in a more productive way?