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EXHIBITIONS: Hailing the Cab of the Future at Parsons The New School
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Ah, the New York taxi. Where someone, who may or may not speak English and have any idea where he's going, could well take you on a hellride worthy of a high-tech coaster at Six Flags. Well, the good news is, through Jan. 15, 2006, at New York's Parsons The New School for Design Gallery, 2 W. 13th St., the "Designing the Taxi" show is looking toward a brighter cab future. A project of the Design Trust for Public Space in cooperation with Parsons The New School for Design, the show "builds on the momentum of a two-part workshop held last spring that investigated the future of the iconic New York City taxicab as it approaches its centennial in 2007," according to Parsons. The exhibition features the work of design firms that participated in those workshops — including Antenna Design, Birsel + Seck, Ideo, Ken Smith Landscape Architect, Truck and Weisz + Yoes — and it offers new concepts by such firms as Pentagram, Imagination, Hybrid Product Design, Blue Marlin, CityStreets and Fox & Fowle. Moreover, "to emphasize the point that taxis are a city-wide transportation system and not just a vehicle, the exhibition
features a simulation of a full-scale city street, complete with sidewalk, construction fence papered with bills, and a
life-size traffic jam of taxis — past, present, and future — running along one wall," notes Parsons. See www.parsons.newschool.edu/events and www.designtrust.org for more. Seen in this PDF showcase are designs by 1) Blue Marlin, 2-3-4) Antenna Design, 5-6) Hybrid Design, and 7) Pentagram.