The Stair Times

Stairs are everywhere, so do stories.

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If a city is a building, stairs are furniture inside. Similar to the furniture in your apartment, which can be used in anyways you want; Composed of treads and risers, stair provides a universal spatial container hosting different behaviors. Every day, people walk, stand, sit, speak, listen, eat, sleep, observe, touch, exercise, play music, ..., on stairs. They live these elements by creating fresh memories, thoughts, and experiences in every second all around the world.

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Stair is not only a part of circulation in a building but also a social generator.

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This project intends to create a repository collecting these locations of stairs along with people's stories on these stairs. By navigating on the map, you can check out other's stories by clicking the yellow icon the map, and get the street views to see what the stairs actually look like. The name, "The Stair Times," imitates the nature of the newspaper, which is a live collection of daily news happening in anywhere all around the world.

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How to Participate?

1. Take this 👉 [survey] and click submit.

2. Your story will appear on this 👉 [map] very soon!













Alex Mingda Zhang is a graduate student at Yale School of Architecture, and this on-going project is part of his “Stair Research” at school.

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Here are his design/research in past semesters:

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ART 742: ON GATHERING

Project: ⚠️ The Stair Map

Event: ⚠️ TBD

Spring 2021

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ARCH 2226: DESIGN COMPUTATION

Project: ⚠️ TBD

Spring 2021

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ARCH 1019: VISUALIZATION AND COMPUTATION

Project: The Stair Times II

Summer 2020

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ARCH 1011: ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I

Project: The Stair Times I

Fall 2019