Friday, May 23, 2008

Projects from the Art Center Pasadena

Motorcycles have been around for more than 100 years, more than cars, and evoke very primitive and essential emotions in their riders. “If you get down to basics”, says Lim, “a motorcycle is a sign of freedom! We ride because we like the open air feeling, the raw power, and the freedom of movement!” However, there are obvious limitations in terms of what the user can do with a motorcycle. You cannot carry more than 2 people, you cannot take excessive luggage, you might drop a bike, and its overall image is that it is dangerous. So, Lim told his students ‘what if!’, what if you can change these negative points and emphasize the good ones with green technology. What Lim wanted his students to do was to consider the fact that by reconfiguring and rethinking the motorcycle with green technology they could, as designers, propose vehicles never seen before.

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