Archive for transportation

Fold Away your Bicycle!

Posted in design, product design with tags , , , on December 16, 2008 by anonimiss

I liked this bicycle – Grasshopper – designed by David Gonçalves for the 12th International Bicycle Design Competition. The bike consists of a foldable electric city bike, which could be carried around as a trolley and recharged when at rest. Great idea, attractive solution.

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A Tram Stop that will make you ‘Stop’!

Posted in architecture, design with tags , , , , on October 26, 2008 by anonimiss

Spanish architects Subarquitectura designed this beautiful tram stop, located in the city of Alicante, Spain, which would be the central stage of a new line of the tram that links the center of the city to the residential areas. To avoid the existing trees the fractal access system had to make some changes in each side; the travelers can arrive to the platform in 32 different possibilities. Over the platforms, 2 vacant containers (36 meter long, 3 meter wide and 2,5 meter high) create a floating space. The openings allow light and air through as a soft breeze in summer months and at nights the containers are transformed into two huge lamps. Benches are spread over the garden close to the paths, creating a public space. I like!

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For a Designer Nomad…..or a Nomad Designer?

Posted in design, product design with tags , , , on September 5, 2008 by anonimiss

The Mehrzeller (multicell) caravan concept is the creation of C Freissling and Theresa Kalteis, two designers from Graz University of Technology in Austria. One can personalize their travel trailer according to his/her requirements, with the help of an online configurator within preset parameters, and send the design straight to manufacturing – allowing each of these vehicles to be truly and absolutely unique. Makes me want to pack my bags!

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Pervious Pavements

Posted in architecture, design with tags , , on August 6, 2008 by anonimiss

Came across a very interesting article on ‘pervious pavements’. It talks about how Chicago is  experimenting with pervious pavement as part of it’s “Green Alleys” project, which aims to divert from strained sewers stormwater that normally lands on 3,500 acres of alleys.

Pervious concrete contains little or no sand so that voids are created. Sufficient paste to coat and bind the aggregate particles creates a system of highly permeable, interconnected voids that drain quickly. Because rainwater drains through pervious material, city officials, who have standing-water complaints in more than 500 alleys, think the material will help. The material, already popular in the Netherlands and Japan is not so popular in the U.S. owing to its high initial cost. However, the life-cycle cost of the material is expected to be much lower. You can read the original article here.

Cardboard to the Rescue

Posted in product design with tags , , , on August 4, 2008 by anonimiss

Found this ‘cardboard bicycle’ so cool! The designer Phil Bridge, a student at Sheffield Hallam University, designed the bike with an aim to reduce bike thefts (it seems a bicycle is stolen every 71 seconds in England ) and encourage people to get out of their cars and ‘on their bikes’. And he chose cardboard so that while thieves would not have any incentive to steal the bike, the bike itself would be a real ‘bargain bike’ at around $30 apiece! Would sure like to test ride it.

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