This book takes a unique, original and engrossing approach to design. Whether or not we are consciously interested in it, design is omnipresent; it affects and influences us all in every aspect of our lives.
Reinventing the Automobile – Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century
MIT Press by William J. Mitchell, Christopher E. Borroni-Bird, and Lawrence D. Burns
The cars we drive today follow the same underlying design principles as the Model Ts of a hundred years ago. In the twenty-first century, cars are still made for twentieth-century purposes. They’re well suited for conveying multiple passengers over long distances at high speeds, but inefficient for providing personal mobility within cities—where most of the world’s people now live.
The authors reimagine the automobile, describing vehicles of the near future that are green, smart, connected, and fun to drive. They roll out four big ideas that will make this both feasible and timely.
Four Big Ideas That Could Transform the Automobile:
– Base the underlying design principles on electric-drive and wireless communications rather than the internal combustion engine and stand-alone operation
– Develop the Mobility Internet for sharing traffic and travel data
– Integrate electric-drive vehicles with smart electric grids that use clean, renewable energy sources
– Establish dynamically priced markets for electricity, road space, parking space, and shared-use vehicles
Post by Nancy Bendtsen
Ferran Adrià is more comparable with an Alchemist than a chef. His work space resembles a laboratory in which some tools are easier to be found at the CERN than in a kitchen. If one is familiar with his recipes and intending to execute them, they better have a PhD in chemistry, biology and physics…combined.
If beamed into the unknown future, Ferran’s diner would most likely be on an intergalactic space ship were he would capture food flavours with magnetic fields, stabilize with antimatter, cook products by shooting neutrinos and lasers and arrange to serve all in anti gravitation balls.
The new book release FOOD FOR THOUGHT – THOUGHT FOR FOOD is a remarkable amalgamation of Ferran Adrià’s work at El Bulli over the past 20 years mixed with Art-food and Food-art, a large chapter dedicated to the Documenta 12 participation and lots of beautiful food-art photos of Ferran’s creations.
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