With Simon Curlis
This studio is about world changing, it is about creating viable visions of technical innovation for personal transportation as a provocation for radical revision of mobility systems.
There are a number of themes to be encountered, considered and answers to be articulated by you as a designer in the realm of sustainability (both equity and ecology), design and manufacturing economies, communities of practice in design and personal identity agency through vehicle choice and use.
Global trends in Urbanisation causing transport congestion combined with Energy production and storage demands will increase the need for single tracked vehicles to increase independent mobility potential. Climate change and peak oil are driving the fuel costs beyond the ability of most communities to maintain their living standards when mobility is required. The majority of motorcycles in the world use engines smaller than 200cc and are small, agile and simple to maintain. The design challenge is to take one such motorcycle and make its eco-footprint very small and potential to go fast and far, very large.
The studio concerns the design of an air-powered motorcycle for assigned purposes and contexts. Additionally the future motorcycle eco-system will be visualized through the studio.
The studio will be conducted with Learner Centered Principles. Designers will work in teams and individually to define explore context of practice and construct a project. Designers will encounter: industry Stakeholders, Eco redesign principles, Digital design tools and produce a viable concept for an ecologically viable 2 wheeled mobility.
This studio tutorial is an industry based project collaborating with the Car Design Research Network CDRN and Engine Air Australia; it is the third in a series of industry projects to be conducted in this way. The Studio will be conducted a consultancy based model with iterative Staged Design development including some concurrent Digital development and Style Visualization.