30 July 2020 – In the context of the exhibition “Making Crises Visible” in the Senckenberg Museum Frankfurt (spring 2020) the HfG semester project “TukTuk” was also presented to the public. The crisis of mobility – how can concepts be developed that can generate future-oriented changes in one’s own mobility behaviour?

The rickshaw, also known as “Tuktuk”, can be found in India as a cultural means of transport for everyday life. In urban areas it covers the need for individual transport of people and goods. This widespread way of travelling is characterised by great flexibility in road traffic, compact design and hop on hop off use. According to Indian professors of the Shrishti University, they fulfil the function of traffic jam dissolvers, which locate themselves in the self-organising road system. They thus originate from a road system which could be very close to the autonomous traffic system, in which communication and coordination of the participating vehicles functions as a unit in order to recognize and meet the demand.

In a future scenario, the environment and users will benefit from the transition away from private vehicles to a self-organised fleet of autonomous vehicles, individually tailored to the mobility needs of passenger and freight transport and designed as a service (Mobility as a Service – MaaS). It combines clean energy with efficient vehicle coverage for the city to reduce air pollution and noise and to create free space for moving and parked vehicles.

Our student Kevin Lai designed and planned the exhibition exhibit. He created infographics as a method of conveying information about the TukTuk system in India and combined them with concepts for a TukTuk system in the European context. The vehicle designs of the students Amelie Ikas, Oleg Babitsch and Kevin Lai were created in the semester project “TukTuk now” in the department of Integrative Design of Prof. Peter Eckart.

About the exhibition “Making Crises Visible”:

“Students of the Offenbach University of Art and Design develop creative visualisations and commentaries on the research results of the Leibniz Research Network “Crises of a Globalised World”. Together with other partners and sponsors, the result is an exhibition that combines art with science and enters into dialogue with the public through an interactive and innovative design. In this way, the crises can be experienced as a creative moment in a process of social transformation”. (translated from “Making Crises Visible. Ein interdisziplinäres Ausstellungsprojekt zwischen Wissenschaft, Kunst und design”, https://makingcrisesvisible.com/)