How cool is the Ajiro – a bamboo tricycle created by Monash University industrial design student, Alexander Vittouris? On looks alone it is impressive, but upon delving a bit further its whole design approach may just revolutionise the way in which products are made in the future.
Rather than using energy intensive processes to bend sustainable bamboo into shape post harvest, Alexander’s unique approach involves manipulating the bamboo stalks during the plant’s growth process. Tension is applied to the bamboo stalks as they grow over a reusable skeletal sub structure, that forms the structural basis of the vehicle. The natural energy from the plant does all the rest!
The Ajiro is functional too – Part bike, part vehicle, it provides a roof over your head to protect you from the elements, there’s a storage section in the under carriage and your legs provide the pedal power.
Whether the Ajiro is accepted as a viable mode of transport is not important. What makes the Ajiro a winner in our book is this new approach to product design, taking the full cradle to grave product lifecycle thinking to a whole new level – Can’t wait to see farmlands full of bamboo manipulated over various structures!
The Ajiro is a current finalist for the James Dyson Award, as part of the Australian Design Awards. The winners will be announced this Friday.
(Images courtesy of Australian Design Awards)
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