Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hip design for tram/light rail cars in France

I wrote about city design objectives being reflected in transit vehicles here, "Design as a city branding strategy,"  which discusses tram designs by Christian Lacroix for light rail vehicles in Montpellier, France.

France's Pays d’Aubagne et de l’Etoile region gives us another example, where they had artist Hervé Di Rosa design the livery for their new trams.  See "Alstom unveils first Citadis Compact tram in France" from Metro Magazine.

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At 4:51 PM, Anonymous h st ll said...

The ones in Lyon look incredible! I want this for DC so bad.

At 5:39 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

wow. Pretty hip. I wish that DC and WMATA would think about this.

And MTA, and Baltimore/MTA in terms of trying to come up with new generation vehicles for the light rail already existing.

(The guys from Hamburg jokingly called the Baltimore LR vehicles "heavy rail." Although I don't mind the LR service, even though it doesn't go to a lot of places that people want to go to--going through the Jones Falls area is cool.)

At 5:39 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

It also relates to that blog entry I did on transit systems as an element of civic infrastructure, not just value engineered conveyances...

At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That design is hideous, not hip. Really? Look at some other photos, and most of those figures look like big-lipped blackface caricatures. Then again, it's France. They love that "exotic" stuff. And they're even in the fabric of the seats. Not good, and its not going to age well. Trying too hard to make something cool usually just comes off as stupid, and this is a good example.

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

While I am not going to disagree with you, it is indicative of a willingness to take chances with design, and to be edgy. That is a big difference say between Montpellier or this city, versus systems in the US>

At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you make a good point- that sometimes chances must be taken in order to arrive at the best designs..just so long as the failures are eliminated eventually so that we do not have to live with them forever...or that some future HPRB comes along and declares all mistakes to be sacrosanct..this is when it gets out of hand


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