Inner City Vehicle - Project by Sean Seongjun Ko

Aug 13, 2012
Author: Sean Seongjun Ko
Photos: Sean Seongjun Ko
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Cities are evolving.  As future megacities become extremely dense and more complex, transportation of the urban area will also evolve into a very limited and efficient system.  This project aims to propose a future inner city vehicle which is not only environmentally acceptable, but also capable of shaping a deeper emotional relationship between the people and the environment ; as a 'mobile pavilion' where people can interact with the urban environment through the open space, an 'urban cocoon' where people can relax and enjoy the comfortable ride, and in a 'classic yet modern' shape which can be a part of a romantic future.

More and more of us live in cities. Right now, more than 50% of the world's population lives in cities while only 2% of the earth's surface is occupied by these areas. This proportion continues to grow and about 70% of the entire population is expected to reside in urban areas by 2050.
At the same time, many of the megacities are coming up with various clever solutions to improve their urban transportation issues caused by the extreme density. Through these solutions and efforts, transportation in megacities will evolve into a much more efficient, sustainable and intelligent system than that of today, with very limited access to inner city areas. Many of the future cities are expected to let only some of the allowed transports get inside central areas such as cycles, public transports, emergency vehicles, and some of passenger vehicles which are compact, clean and quiet.

The main concept of this project is not only derived from these facts and predictions of the future cities, also inspired by a historic film footage which shows the city of London in 1903 (Thomas Edison Film Footage: London 1903).
Scenes in this film footage are showing such different atmosphere of the city which is more liberated and relaxed than today's usual view.
This project aims to bring such atmosphere back into the future city by proposing a vehicle that is not only environmentally acceptable for inner city areas, also capable of shaping a deeper emotional relationship between the people and the environment.

The compact 4-seater vehicle fits into the sustainable environment of the future city by using hydrogen fuel cell technology. Open space of the vehicle also allows passengers to interact with the urban environment as a mobile pavilion. By using autonomous technology, interior space is very flexible and variable without need of driving elements and seating layout also differs from that of traditional cars where every passenger faces single direction.

Interior design of the vehicle takes inspiration from wavy and sliced sculptures. Each sliced part has different curves and combination of these parts creates different forms which allow different sitting positions and application of various materials.

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