'Surviving in Urban Chaos' by Borris Ilse
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'rs2+' by Vitalis Enns
'BMW for China' by Karsten Schmidt
'Hybris' by Denis Gombert
Interior by Elise Kummel (Industrial Design)
Mar 6, 2006 Transportation Design students at Germany's Pforzheim University displayed their work in the school's spring Transportation Design degree show in February, one of the two graduation shows per year.
The Pforzheim Transportation Design courses lead to BA and MA degrees. The exhibition included work from graduating Diploma and Masters students, exterior and interior projects by the 5th and 7th semester students, as well as work from students in the earlier stages of the Diploma and Masters courses. Projects by the graduating Diploma students (four year course) included:
Surviving in Urban Chaos
In European metropolises, as traffic becomes more rough and chaotic, nearly every car has slight damage. The aim of this project was an emotional and exaggerated approach to this scenario, transferring characteristics of offroad rally cars to a car for everyday life, in order to create a tough but fashionable lifestyle-car. The result is a crossover concept, which combines small dimensions, the high seating position of an SUV, the durability and simplicity of a Baja-Beetle with the agressive attitude of a sportscar.
The project 'rs2+' is a vehicle based on the social and cultural evolution of modern people, depending on their values, emotions, and family structure. It should transfer new solutions from other product environments. Due to the recent success of Renault's Formula 1 team and the absence of a Renault production sports car, this concept is based on sports car philosophies. The idea is a sports car for a small family, with a two-person seating configuration and an extra seat for a child. The structural solution is based on lightweight construction methods used in snowboard and bicycle industries, with a parallelogram frame made from wood and fiberglass. The styling is very simply defined sculpturally, with a few key constructed lines that suggest fabric stretched over a hard frame.
BMW for China
The decision to design a car for the Chinese market is based on the projection that the behaviour of potential chinese customers will change in the next few years. The Chinese consumer is increasingly looking for foreign car companies to build cars designed specifically for Chinese conditions. The BMW Bá (Eight) is inspired by the sculpture and architecture of modern China and fills a new gap between classical sedans and large luxury minivans.
There is no aircraft yet which can take off and land without runway on water and land, which can hover and fly long distances almost supersonic, carrying many passengers and large loads. Hybris is a concept for an airplane which can do previously impossible or impractical tasks. By tilting the outer wings and folding each propeller/rotorblade forward around the elongated hubs, Hybris can alternate its flight mode between jet plane, turboprop plane or helicopter. Hybris is developed as a multi-role aircraft for disaster relief, which can also be used economically for commercial flights. The interior is also variable and can be changed completely via the rear loading door.