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LA Design Challenge 2017: Qoros Automotive

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

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Here's a brilliant one from Shanghai-based Qoros Automotive and its team made up of Tim Pilsbury, Dongho Lee, Jack Jiang, Martial Fonton, Ouyang Sheng, William Wu, Xiaoyin Li, Sean Pan, Marcos Beltrao, Diana Jiang and Zixuan Zhang. The approach used here was to focus on 'connecting existing and modified infrastructure like Union Maglev Station and Ocean City sport venues using amphibious vehicles with patented multi-directional Qoros Force-Field Wheel Technology'.

Rather like oiio's idea, Qoros reckons future types won't own cars, instead ordering up vehicles as and when they're required. In this instance, though, the whole machine turns up, and it's…

LA Design Challenge 2017: oiio

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

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Quite a simple premise here from oiio, a New York and Athens-based group of architects, urbanists and researchers. The group focused on 'examining the dissection of a working car into working components and how those components could be more efficiently utilised according to given circumstances.'

Or, put another way, oiio reasons that the motor and chassis of a car could be a shared device, while people only own the cabin and 'trunk' of a vehicle, which then slots onto a hire chassis/motor when it arrives. This allows people to have any shape bodywork they want and keep it once they…

LA Design Challenge 2017: Launch Forth

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

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The noble future vision of this conglomerate of major companies sees a global sporting event in 2060 that no longer differentiates between the Olympics and the Paralympics; everyone competes together. And Usain Bolt might want to look away, because to make the 2060 World Athletic Games more inclusive and exciting for the competitors, all world records are going to be reset ahead of the event.

To be fair, a lot of this vision focuses on how honourable the games are going to be in terms of the people competing in them, with only a brief mention of the public transport…

LA Design Challenge 2017: Honda Advanced Design & Trigger

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

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This one reeks of big manufacturer budget. The Honda Advanced Design (HAD) video is a proper, honest-to-goodness, 'imagine anything and it can happen' sci-fi flick: athletes arriving at Earth from Mars on a Honda-badged spaceship (does it have VTEC hyperdrive, we wonder?); getting beamed down to the planet's surface on a giant space-faring contrivance; humanoid robots with trays of drinks; an arena that floats in mid-air above the actual city itself; competitors in the games sporting a vast array of prosthetic appendages, including one mermaid-type woman swimming in a gargantuan floating orb of water; ski-jumping with no snow (madness!); and…

LA Design Challenge 2017: Herman Miller

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

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Herman Miller is based in Los Angeles and says it is a 100-year-old company that specialises in design, the environment, community service and the health of its customers. Well, it should specialise in making slightly more impressive videos for 2060 mobility design challenges, because this film is distinctly underwhelming - rather like the company's plans for future transport, more than four decades hence.

After a load of pretty but irrelevant kaleidoscopic imagery of the city's current state, as well as some utterly pointless little spaceships (that are not in the slightest bit phallic, oh no), we eventually get to Herman…

LA Design Challenge 2017: GK Design International

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

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GK Design International (GKDI) cites itself as being ostensibly a Japanese company, with further offices overseas. The team is made up of Darin Butterfield, Domenick Shulz, Eita Oda, Julio Flores, Masaru Akashi, Norman Kerechuk and Taro Kaneko - all of whom clearly like a good disaster movie.

That's because, in GKDI's take on the future, LA is recovering from a tsunami that ravaged the city 30 years prior to the 2060 World Games. The central commercial and entertainment area is ringed by a series of 'parking/maintenance lots', that are integrated, towering constructs with automated parking facilities for cars (quite old-fashioned-looking…