A couple weeks ago, I was asked to sit in on a panel reviewing and critiquing undergraduate design students’ visions for the future of Los Angeles transportation. The location was Otis College of Art and Design, located near LAX. Lecturer and Architect Matt Gagnon had given his product design students a simple, but far reaching, assignment: design for the future of mobility in L.A.
The students, working in teams, took things in varied and interesting directions. I didn’t find them all to be things I would run out and push for tomorrow… but they are nonetheless thought-provoking fresh looks at issues that Streetsblog tracks.
Here’s round two of the critique: readers, what do you think? Comment below.
Re-Designing the Bicycle: Evolu
team: Taeho Ko, Jenny Lee and Joshua Melara
These young designers feel that the old-fashioned bicycle could use a second look. They’ve come up with a new frame geometry that they think would be both exciting (think sports car) and useful for transportation.
The team built a life-size cardboard prototype. Various security and fit features were proposed to be built into the frame, including a fingerprint-recognition based lock to deter theft. The most interesting and practical feature was slot in the frame crossbar where riders can stash laptop computers. Read more…