Winning Proposal for Bus Shelter Challenge: AdaptbyMany / Milos Todorovic

  • 13 Dec 2012
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The first prize in the DesignByMany competition for the Bus Shelter challenge was recently awarded to Milos Todorovic for his AdaptByMany proposal. By adapting to local conditions, transferring aesthetic ideas to users, and putting functionality as its primary role, this proposal stood out. According to Glenn Katz, one of the DesignByMany judges and an AEC Education Specialist at Autodesk, the proposal was chosen for “its simplicity, [...and for] providing a rich kit of parts and elements that can be combined in interesting and flexible ways to create any number forms responding to site conditions.” More images and Todorovic’s description after the break.

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Simplicity has been further emphasized with the use of the three basic materials for construction – wood, steel and concrete. With the use of the basic construction components, which can adapt to almost any given situation, the possibilities of different shelter designs are almost endless.

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The “AdaptByMany” bus shelter can be used almost anywhere around the globe, as its design is functional, feasible and elegant. Fabrication of its components can be a matter of local production or it can stimulate international trading cooperation. Furthermore, the intent of the “AdaptByMany” bus shelter was also to show the utilization of Revit LT 2013 as the main software for designing the shelter and to show, how convenient it can also be for these types of projects. All components (Families) were modeled within the trial version of Revit LT. All presentation posters were done in Revit LT as well. (The only addition was the use of Revit 2013 for producing renders, which also shows the connection between programs.)

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The components of the shelter are all parametric and adaptable. Most of the components are of Generic Model Face Based family type, so they are easily modeled and can be adapted by different modeling techniques. “This approach appeals to my sense of play — you can’t help but want to start combining the frame, panel, and seating elements into different forms — kind of like a big box of Lego blocks or TinkerToys. I particularly like the way that lighting and signage are handled as one — it’s easy to imagine how those panels could evolve into interactive displays to inform and enable a whole range of useful activities while waiting on the bus to arrive.” – Glenn Katz, DesignbyMany Judge and Autodesk AEC Education Specialist

“It is versatile, simple, adaptable and easily recognizable.” – Steve Stafford, DesignbyMany Judge and Revit Consultant

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Winning Proposal for Bus Shelter Challenge: AdaptbyMany / Milos Todorovic" 13 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>

    Is this almost sounding like a plug for Revit?

  • Calvin

    I think the direction for the light is awful. I can think of two situations where light purposely shines from behind a person – for suspense in horror film, or to establish an iconic silhouette. OH, and to create interesting shadow patterns.

    “I particularly like the way that lighting and signage are handled as one”… talks like a designer who only thinks in theories (simplify! multi-function!) and not realities.

    There are reasons why we don’t normally have sideway lights.

  • Superdeluxe

    I can’t believe this shed would have won anything. Beyond any effort, beyond boring. Only carried by its ‘parametric’ Revit justification.

  • Dule

    Svaka cast!

  • Milos Todorovic

    @Calvin: Maybe the renders don’t show the right lighting idea. The purpose of the large lighted pane is commercial, so the advertising can be seen in the dark as well. For the ambiential lighting there are two lights above the pane, which can either project light down or reflect from the shiny finish of the ceiling and create a nice atmosphere… I think it could work nicely, not only in theory.

    @Superdeluxe: The intent of this design (as of challenge) was to emphasize the usability of the new Revit LT software and its parametric funcionalities and world-wide usability and integration. I’m sure that there are some designers out there who would know how to use these simple elements to create an appealing design even to you.

    @Dule: Hvala!