Intelligent Mobility (MA)
I come from Beijing, China. Before coming to the RCA, I earned a bachelor degree of Material Science and Nanoengineering at Rice University in Houston, USA. Switching from an engineering mindset to designer’s perspective has been a very challenging and joyful journey, one that I couldn’t possibly pass without the help from my tutors and fellow students. I received a scholarship from The Pokémon Company which supported me through this graduation project.
when water swallows the side doors, enter through the hatch door
slide into and out of water
Bay — Cities around the sea have bay areas for ports, natural space to establish floating residences.
Fishing — fishing is a popular form of entertainment in Houston. Or at least one excuse to justify buying a huge pick-up truck to haul a fishing boat.
Surely, one wants to think of a future that dramatically changes our current lifestyle. In my mind, Aql is more of a transitional product that can sustain people's needs of both today and the near future. As serious flooding happening in southern China right now, it has become more obvious to me that we have to take a step to embrace water, not fight against it.
Humanity’s existence depends on how well we adapt to environmental change. Making better use of water space is certainly one important direction. Hence, I named the project “Aql”, homonymic to Aqua (without “a”). Also, the abbreviation AQL stands for “lowest acceptable quality of a product”, which I take to vaguely indicate that now is probably the time to seriously consider preparing for coping with rising sea levels.