Final review highlights for my sophomore studio students (15-16 yrs)
"Purity" | Daniel Kornai
This project deploys CO2 absorbing plastic (pioneered by Columbia University professor Klaus Lackner) that mimics the form of vegetation in order maximize surface area and thereby clean the air of polluted mega-cities. Purity is an ultra-tall skyscraper that consists of multiple levels of artificial garden environments, all built of CO2 absorbing plastic, to offer citizens a serene escape from city life, as well as an oasis of fresh, breathable air. The core of the building provides user circulation and smart glass displays that detail the building's functions and provide environmental education. Here it is depicted in Shanghai, China.
EcoShower | Rozi Kiss and Lilla Bagi
EcoShower proposes to lower residential water usage through personalization and game-ification of water use. The proposal uses a shower cabin touch display, as well as a connected smartphone app, to allow users to easily adjust shower pressure and temperature, pause and play for soaping and rinsing and creating custom profiles that automatically replay the cycle of adjustments based on the user's previous showers. The proposed app also creates leaderboards and goals at the family, neighborhood and city-wide levels.
Handon is an augmented driving system using only upper-body control mechanisms. Originally developed for drivers without the use of their legs, the system was ultimately designed to provide an alternative to the traditional setup for all drivers. Handon utilizes two dynamically-adjustable paddles behind the familiar steering wheel for acceleration and braking. Steering, acceleration and braking are all smoothly adjusted according to current speed and users can customize this behavior using the touchscreen dash panel when the car is stopped, as well as make minor adjustments using the controls embedded on the wheel itself.
Butsy | Miklós Ürmös & Ferenc Dániel Felföldi
Butsy is a superfood breakfast replacement for people who have more important things to do than worry about what to eat. Working through several prototypes, the designers settled on a recipe which splits the supplement load between the pastry and icing, allowing for a more flexibility and a more conventional cooking process than fully-loading one or the other. Butsy was designed based on research into typical breakfast timing and nutritional habits, noting that people typically allot less than 10 minutes for the meal and tend to skip it when they don't have time. Combined with survey data suggesting that people skip supplements they intended to take for similar reasons, the idea for Butsy was born.