Concepts for Sustainable Cars
Volkswagen / 2008

We were asked by Volkswagen to research and analyse sustainable and ecological materials for cars. Firstly, we took a step back. We think that honest sustainability does not consist in mere material substitution but rather in a comprehensive re-thinking of the idea of a car. Therefore we went into discussion with experts in various fields - beyond material science and design. Our work resulted in a concept for different usage scenarios which define the exact requirements on the material / production / energy / assembly / recyclability / heaviness / size / configuration etc. of a specific car. This allows the optimum ecological footprint measured on the use. What does a city car need to do in comparison to a taxi or a family car for the holiday trip in the summer?

In collaboration with Kathi Stertzig.