Design of sustainable transport : opportunities

Williams, Tim (2011) Design of sustainable transport : opportunities. In New Urbanism and Smart Transport Conference, 26 - 27 September 2011, Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth, WA. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The need to find an alternative to our current transport situation is widely accepted. In most cities of the world, traffic congestion is commonplace and air pollution is normal. Road fatalities are a regular and almost accepted event. And (in most developed nations) as an indirect consequence of our transport choices, obesity is increasing at an alarming rate. The car is undeniably a major contributor to this situation. Additionally the very structure of our cities has evolved to the point that it can be creditably claimed that the city belongs to the car and not to humans.

There are however alternatives. There is a plethora of experimental vehicles in all shapes and configurations. And yet, the car is still king.

The question is, how do we pick a winner? What are the aspects of the car that make it so appealing? Are these aspects able to be translated into a more sustainable version? What do we need to incorporate in our designs of new vehicles to make them more appealing to the consumers? In this paper I explore these questions and propose a list of design criteria for more sustainable transport options.

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ID Code: 48235
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Design, Transport , Electric vehicles, Design led innovation
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Tim William
Deposited On: 24 Jan 2012 23:33
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2012 02:45

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