Australian designer Hamit Kanuni Kuralkan proposes a train with mini pods. The supposed benefit? Everyone gets their own personal space. But the design has a much larger social cost: no chance of building social capital on the ride with one’s train mates. Not to mention if the riders actually have to work together in the event of a crisis (someone having a heart attack, an accident, a terrorist attack,…)
Let’s hear it for progress (cue sarcastic background music!).
It does look cool, but why couldn’t he design something that would actually help society? Too much to ask?
[If you’re just into design, ignoring the social consequences, you can see other pictures of the “train to nowhere” here.]