LA Design Challenge 2017: oiio

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

changagoidem Features | LA Design Challenge 2017: oiio

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 automobile 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 automobile 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

changagoidem Features | LA Design Challenge 2017: Launch Forth

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

changagoidem Features | LA Design Challenge 2017: Honda Advanced Design & Trigger

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

changagoidem Features | LA Design Challenge 2017: Herman Miller

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

changagoidem Features | LA Design Challenge 2017: GK Design International

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 automobiles (quite old-fashioned-looking…

LA Design Challenge 2017: Cunningham Concept Design

by Matt Robinson on 21 Dec 2017

changagoidem Features | LA Design Challenge 2017: Cunningham Concept Design

Home team Cunningham Concept Design (CCD), based in the City of Angels itself, has come up with Stratazor: Global Synergy System. While this solution sounds like a villain who might turn up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ('No! NO! Not STRATAZOR!'), it seems to be a much more benevolent system than that. However, to be honest, we've watched the video for this one a number of times, and it's more confusing and difficult to interpret than the concluding sequence of Kubrick's mind-twisting 2001: A Space Odyssey, so we'll just have to offer you our best guess.

The blurb in the…






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