LINIMO: Design for exterior and interior of linear motor magnetic levitation train

Ohtani, Nobuoki. 2005. LINIMO: Design for exterior and interior of linear motor magnetic levitation train. Linimo. [Other]

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The design of linear motor magnetic levitation train, 'LINIMO' exterior and interior, was a multidisciplinary design project involving industrial and graphic designers, engineers, and ergonomists. The design team was made up by a transportation designer from Germany, industrial designers, ergonomists and graphic designers from Japan. Ohtani was the creative director of the team. The design solution was produced: 1) specifically for the Aichi Expo 2005 to show the possibilities of the new technologies and, subsequently, 2) to go into service in the local area. LINIMO is one of only two trains in the world developed and commercially operating that uses the linear motor magnetic levitation train technology. The exterior design development for the train required the design and engineering processes to progress simultaneously. The front and the back of the train unit was glass panelled from ceiling to the floor making this an original and novel design solution in the world of train design. This unique design was achieved with support of innovative engineering which moved the bulkhead in from its usual location at the very front and very back of the train.

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Website. Context and further dissemination The LINIMO train did serve Expo 2005 and continues to serve commuters and other travellers in Aichi. It is now being sold worldwide LINIMO is supported by its permanent website. Review of original design Chunichi Shimbun 7th March 2005 ( Article about the LINIMO in national Japanese newspaper Chunichi Shimbun). The LINIMO design was awarded Good Design Award (G-Mark) 2005 by the JIDPO (Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organisation) (equivalent to Design Council in UK.


LINIMO; linear motor magnetic levitation train; design; 000323488

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4 December 2005

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27 Jun 2008 13:38

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07 Dec 2012 12:49


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