Creating a different transportation future

4Culture and Great City (and SDOT, who participated on the selection panel) are pleased to announce the eight projects that have been selected for aLIVE;

“aLIVe focuses on new thinking about what is possible when we design around the human body? We’re asking professional artists and artist teams, architects, landscape architects, designers of all types, engineers, tinkerers and community members to create a vision of LIVable vehicles and LIVable communities that will enthrall, amaze, amuse and inspire”

It is really interesting to get artists, architects, engineers together to think about what our transportation future could look like.  You can follow these projects on 4Culture’s blog; and get information on how to participate as exhibits and events are developed for each project.  The selected recipients and projects are:

Michelle Arab: A series of drawings made from sediment and debris collected from catch basin filter inserts into the storm drain system.

Julia Field: A series of 5-7 short documentary films that chronicle the choices made by individuals that have taken the “un-driving” pledge.

Johnnie Olivan: A fleet of 6-8 “Bike-Cars” that are constructed from reclaimed bikes and other materials and designed to offer pedal-powered alternatives for transporting goods and people.  Johnnie bicycled up from Portland to drop off his proposal.

Vaughn Bell: Sculptural walking sticks and a series of performances that reinforce the sensory experience of the traveler and the notion that the ultimate low impact vehicle is the human body.
Melissa Glenn and Matt Inpanbutr: Bi(K) o garten – a kit that transforms parking spaces into a temporary “park.”

Michael Hintze, Alisha Dall’Osto, David R. Dall’Osto and Nadine Smith: Magnetic Mass Assist table-top model that illustrates a mechanism to harness the kinetic energy of descending vehicles to assist the riders going up the hill, making bikes more practical for a wider range of riders on steep Seattle terrain.

Dominic Muren: Production Cycle, a mobile, micro-factory in the form of a pedal-powered sewing machine.  Muren will make reusable cloth shopping bags for give-aways at local farmers markets.  The currency for the bags will be information about other waste stream products that can be recycled into goods.  A website that employs Google mapping technology will illustrate the sources of all contributed recycled materials.

Stokley Towles: A one-person performance and temporary exhibition based on interviews with individuals involved in transportation infrastructure design, storm water systems and public perception and behavior research.  The goal of the project is to stimulate ways for the public to engage in “transpiration” – re-imagining how we travel around the city.

The aLIVe events and projects are produced in collaboration with artist Cheryl dos Remedios and Great City and will occur in various venues over the course of the next 12 months.  4Culture’s blog will keep you posted with event details and ways to participate.