What would happen if the train station and passenger service in and out were to be restored instead of being destroyed? This model illustrates one possibility if trains returned as a dominant form of transportation.
Once passengers arrived, they would need a way to get around. If light rail service was running on Michigan Avenue, travelers could simply make there way to the terminal without ever stepping outside and be on their way. A concept for the light rail terminal. The pediments on both ends serve to compliment the architecture of the original station. The large glass area provides natural lighting, and the area below the terminal can act as a drop off/loading zone.
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to bend up a set of shields to cover some really sharp and heavy gears . This was a one off and super low budget affair, using things around the office.
I redrew my paper template in Rhino, printed it out and glued it to 22 gauge sheet metal from Home Depot.
After cutting and filing, I bent the pieces into shape using some steel blocks left over from another project and fitted them to assembly the gears would attach to (forgot to take pictures of that part). Following drilling and tapping, I scrubbed them with a lacquer thinner soaked scotch brite pad and applied clear coat. The final installation. Covering the area where humans interact, while not hiding the gears entirely, since they are a key feature of the design.