For a long time we ran a regular post series called "Stair of the Week" devoted to the premise that if stairs were designed with more care and flair, then people wouldn't take the elevators and escalators so much, saving energy and getting a healthier population.
PSFK shows us Volkswagen's "Fun Theory" project, and proves the point with this stairway in the Odenplan Station in Stockholm. The stairs were turned into a musical instrument, each tread wired up to sound like a piano key.
The results were impressive.
The number of people taking the stairs instead of the escalator increased by 66%. And when you watch the video, you see that people didn't just walk, they dance, they try to play a tune. Volkswagen via PSFK
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