Concept Cars and Human Powered River Gym
Lightweight Pneumatic Skin System.
All Images by Mitchell Joachim.
Project Team: Mitchell Joachim, William
Lark, Axel Kilian, Yanni Loukissas, Patrik
Kunzler, Yu Ping Hsieh and Terreform ONE.
Vertical Movement Along Building Cores.
The concept car project comprises the design
and build of a lightweight stackable urban
mobility system made to fit congested cities.
This is not one car prototype but a lexicon of
ideas that shape future mobility. We re-invent
the car as a designed object, and redefine the
user's relationship to movement and cities.
To take the design process "out of the box,"
the many prototypes will be designed from a
new perspective: that of architecture. The
project was formerly led by architect Frank O.
Gehry, with General Motors and MIT.
Articulated H-Type Chassis in a Signature Series Vehicle.
Athlete Car (G)race: Two Drivers in Collaboration.
Soft Dynamic Cabin + "S" Frame Truss.
Stackable Cars with Urban Solar Recharge Port.
The XO Lamb Cars or "Nerf Car" Concept.
Research on Modes of Urban SMART Vehicles for New York City.
Multiple soft floating micro-island gyms on waterway paths. Energy is derived from human motion and
converted to usable electric energy stored in on-board batteries.
Human-Powered River Gymnasiums for New York
Mitchell Joachim & Douglas Joachim
The motion starved environments we live in are the antithesis of our being. Perhaps
the most primal of all human function is locomotion. We need to move more!
Our concept encapsulates a new typology for the contemporary urban gym. It is
intended to challenge our innate proprioceptive and multi-planer locomotive abilities
while synchronously altering the surroundings. The River Gym will fulfill one of the
major contemporary fitness goals of â€œfunctional trainingâ€�. This training
protocol will exploit the inherent disequilibrium of floatation devices. Often the
average urbanite exercising at the gym performs controlled repetitive single plane
movements using industrial fitness equipment. All of this energy is summarily
dissipated and ultimately exhausted for the sake of a single individualâ€™s
wellbeing. Other potentials exist to harness this vast human expenditure of caloric
energy. Why not have the simple transfer of this workout vigor supply New York with
needed supplemental transport and amenities? How can we extend and capitalize on
this untapped group potential? Into what form will this new kind of gym evolve?
By continuing to provide vital health amenities, the River Gym can leave the realm of
the glass box and become a useful multi-planar kinetic space. Envision your gym
becoming a machine of human propulsion that helps purify water, provide
spectacular views, and transport less-motivated citizens. Why should gym members
be forced to stare restlessly at a mirror, television, or static streetscape when their
entire body is active? Imagine this new fitness center as a series of many soft
floating micro-islands revolving on a fifteen minute river loop with an exquisite ever-
changing panoramic view. Each River Gym vessel varies in size and critical mass
population. Therefore some vessels will need only a few members to boost the craft
on its predetermined computer navigated loop. Other larger floating units would
require a superior sustaining population of club members and would only be used
during peak hours.
These River Gyms would travel circuitously along the Hudson and East Rivers.
Fitted with onboard purification devices, they would help mitigate water pollution.
Equally as significant, they would ease the transportation burdens on various ferry
lines and carry volunteering commuters in tow. The benefit of extra passengers
increases the vesselsâ€™ mass and amplifies the intensity of the exercise. Along
the edges of each river body a modest docking facility would serve members as a
point of departure with lockers, a reception desk, health food kiosks, etc. The idea is
that you can easily access your River Gym vessel to travel to and from multiple
points in the city.
The notion of transforming wasted human mechanical energy into a useful kinetic
gymnasium is unique. The multiple benefits of increased transportation, water
purification, caloric energy expenditure, and superior changing views is invigorating.
Our proposal is intended to redefine the urban gym in a cost effective and
environmentally friendly manner. This is the kind of munificent vision for which the
great city of New York is renowned.
Entry for New York Magazine, Original Gym Concept Competition WINNER:
Principal Architect, Archinode Studio + Partner Terreform 1
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture
Personal Trainer, Lecturer
National Academy of Sports Medicine: CPT; PES; IFS
American Council of Exercise: CPT
American Academy of Health Fitness Professionals: MES
B.S. emphasis in Exercise Science & Creative Studies
New York Magazine -- Create a Gym Competition: David Barton, Judge