Transportation

Transportation

May 2 2006



For those who dream of a downtown residency without the associated cost of convenience, designer Michael Rakowitz has the solution.  By focusing on the purpose of public space, he developed P(Lot), which enables the rental of municipal parking spaces for alternative living. In this regard, anyone can put some change in the meter and lease their own temporary car shaped encampment.  His car cover canvasses are currently offered in the shape of a sedan, Porsche, and a motorcycle.  In case camping isn't your thing, the Rebar Group have come up with another ingenious way to use municipal parking spaces.  Their PARK(ing) initiative transforms parking spaces into strips of greenspace, complete with grass, a tree, and a bench. Passerby's are encouraged to feed the meter and enjoy this green refuge, while watching drivers search for an empty spot. by Harold C

Transportation

February 17 2006

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It's the Star Trek deck minus Dr Spock. The Nissan Terranaut concept is graced with design features reminiscent of
aeronautics, rather than your run off the mill R.V. The interior is more like a station desk rather than a passenger vehicle. With an opaque and transparent roof, the Terranaut focuses on the details that set it in a class of its own. Warning: This is not a vehicle for soccer moms, this is serious! by Bill T

Transportation

June 15 2005


Style has rarely been a priority in industrial design for the disabled - until now that is. Designed in Hungary, the Kenguru is a car specially designed for wheelchair users. The car's interior space has no front seat, just a space built to house the drivers own wheelchair so all he/she has to do is simply roll in through the extra large car doors and into position. The wheelchair locks into place, within easy reach of the car's controls which are centred around a joystick. It's light years away from the current options for disabled drivers, which involve having to hoist themselves into the driver's seat of standard cars. by Bill T

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