Executive Director, School of Industrial Design, San Francisco Academy of Art University
I REALLY LIKED Chris Bangle’s L.A. show concept. It gave me food for thought. The result is this bi-directional design, which admittedly looks odd at first sight. But let me explain. When you want to go fast, the slippery end parts the wind with as little resistance as possible. When you go slow, like in town, the boxed-in, fully glazed end takes the lead, providing optimum visibility as well as easy entry. I believe that this architecture would be cheap to build and inexpensive to use. After all, the layout is scalable, from a basic shuttle vehicle to an upmarket double-bubble capsule, which could be a low-drag two-seater offering panoramic visibility. An electric drivetrain is always a compelling option, but for the Third World a two-cylinder combustion engine might do. Via 3-D tooling, no more than 12 months would elapse between conception and assembly.