Buses, burbs, and ideas. Oh my!

June 7, 2010 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

Last month the mayor of London announced the arrival of a new iconic bus design. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick with the Wright Group, this is the “cleanest, greenest, red bus” that London’s ever seen. Except that they did see another design about 18 months ago – several designs, in fact – when Transport for London held an ideas competition to remodel the classic Routemaster. One first prize winner (and a clear media favorite) was a collaborative design between Foster+Partners and Aston Martin. Besides being a little more James Bond in feel, the “Lord Foster” actually seems pretty similar the final product being produced.

Heatherwick Studio’s new bus for London.

Rendering of Foster+Partners’ winning design for the ideas competition.

Photo of a classic Routemaster by Wikimedia Commons user Oxyman.

Another ideas competition is currently being held on this side of the pond: Build a Better Burb sponsored by the Long Island Index. This competition is focused on revitalizing Long Island’s downtowns, and I’d like to hope that these ideas (like those for the Routemasters) could eventually inspire some real development in Long Island’s suburbs. FYI public voting for a “People’s Choice Award” begins July 6 for the Build a Better Burb competition.

June 7′s daily design idea is if all realized projects start with an idea, then shouldn’t ideas competitions be the perfect places for real life inspiration?


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