The Anonymous Widower

Thomas Heatherwick Goes Global

Thomas Heatherwick is going on a tour of the US and Asia, to show his iconic designs to the world.

He may leave a legacy of designs, but his biggest legacy, will be that he has shown how if architects, designers and engineers think outside conventional norms, you create the wonder factor and inspire others to do the same. Hence we all get a better world.

If we take the design of Thomas and his company, that I know best, the New Routemaster, every time you use one, you notice something that is different to and better than most current buses. Yesterday, as I got off after travelling home from the Angel, I realised that the walk to the centre exit was all clean lines and hand-holds in the right places, with no messy strap-hangers out-of-reach of short people and children, that seem to be an omnipresent feature of all other buses.

That is good design, and would Londoners accept a new bus without things like a totally-flat floor and well-positioned hand holds in the future?

September 2, 2014 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

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