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Concept Car Part 1
with Frank O. Gehry and GM
Fall 2003

William J. Mitchell, Ryan C.C. Chin, Frank O. Gehry, James Glymph, Professor Donald Sadoway and Professor John Heywood

The common car, one of the most significant objects in our everyday life, is rapidly losing emotional ground. To reinvigorate general interest in the common automobile, we propose to design and build a new type of "people's car," which reinvents the car as a designed object, and redefines the user's relationship to the car. To take the design process "out of the box," the prototype will be designed from a new perspective: that of architecture. The project will be led by architect Frank O. Gehry and CC++. The final show car will be presented at the Detroit Autoshow in January 2005.


Concept Car Part 2
with Frank O. Gehry and GM
Spring 2004


This design workshop is a continuation of the fall course MAS.966: Concept Car with GM and Frank O. Gehry. The goal of this design workshop is to radically rethink the relationship of the car and the city. We will pursue this goal, in close collaboration with Frank O. Gehry Partners and General Motors, by developing and critically evaluating designs for a concept car.
The eventual outcome, after further development and documentation of a chosen option, will be the construction of a full-scale, running prototype. It will have sufficient intelligence to know the city that it inhabits, and to provide not just transportation, but an efficient, responsive interface to the resources that the city offers. We will be particularly concerned with innovative electronics and software, new materials and processes, and their implications for interior space, exterior form, and the experience of driving. We will work from the beginning in a sophisticated 3D geometric modeling environment (Catia), and we will make extensive use of rapid prototyping and other facilities for producing physical scale models.


Concept Car Part 2
with Frank O. Gehry and GM
Fall 2004


The goal of this design workshop is to radically rethink the relationship of the car and the city. We will pursue this goal, in close collaboration with Frank O. Gehry Partners and General Motors, by developing and critically evaluating designs for a concept car. The eventual outcome, after further development and documentation of a chosen option, will be the construction of a full-scale, running prototype. It will have sufficient intelligence to know the city that it inhabits, and to provide not just transportation, but an efficient, responsive interface to the resources that he city offers. We will be particularly concerned with innovative electronics and software, new materials and processes, and their implications for interior space, exterior form, and the experience of driving. We will work from the beginning in a sophisticated 3D geometric modeling environment (Catia), and we will make extensive use of rapid prototyping and other facilities for producing physical scale models.