From the earliest days of settlers, the human race has looked to modes
of transportation as a means of exploration and advancement. From
seafaring vessels that would cross oceans, to the trains, subways,
cars, and more that would connect cities and nations, bringing people
together and expanding horizons.
The significance the transportation field holds for current and future
designers runs deep. With autonomous vehicles set to enter the
marketplace, new opportunities for custom designs naturally arise.
As those vehicles make their way to our streets, we’ll witness greater
roadway efficiency, paving the way for a rethought grid that designates
greater space to nature, alternate modes of transport, and human
interaction. Parking garages will be upcycled to serve a greater purpose.
And, cities will increasingly define themselves by the majesty of their
transportation hubs, enticing visitors and locals alike.
In this issue, i+D dives into the topic of transportation and the many
ways design professionals—from interior designers and architects, to
industrial designers and urban planners—are working to usher in a
new era where efficiency and safety live in harmony within sustainable,
engaging environments. We take a look at the consistently increasing
usage of public transportation and the hubs that connect passengers
serving as destinations unto themselves (“Making Connections,”
p. 26) and we explore the combination of safety and luxury that go
into the design of private yachts and jets (“Off the Charts,” p. 32).
We also get a glimpse of the city of the future, one being designed
for less congestion, greater functionality, and an adaptable built
environment (“Curb Appeal,” p. 38). Beyond transportation, we
turn our attention to the changing face of client presentations and
interaction, the issue of efficient storage, and more.
Already, design firms are involved in the conversations that will
bring our cities, and the ways we move around them, into the future.
Design thinking and practices are creating a more connected world
that manages to not only function better, but look better doing it.
Randy W. Fiser
CEO, ASID, and