Jordan Barnes designs amphibious bus for Future Mobility Competition

Jordan Barnes designs amphibious bus for Future Mobility Competition

Jordan Barnes’ proposal for a semi-amphibious bus that can be quickly converted into an emergency response vehicle is the first of ten visionary transportation projects selected as finalists for Dezeen’s Future Mobility Competition using arrivals.

The Burns concept, named Estuary Hopper, is a semi-amphibious vehicle whose main function is to provide public transportation to the city of Gloucestershire, England. The city is surrounded by rural farmlands and the River Severn, which regularly floods and floods the entire county.

In the event of an emergency, the vehicle is designed to be transformed quickly and easily to provide mobility across the gloodplain floodplain.

The vehicle features an amphibious chassis that responds to changing water levels and large, sturdy tires that allow traction on flooded ground.

The interior of the vehicle is modular and has elements that can be removed and replaced to create storage space for important equipment such as stretchers and wheelchairs.

The estuary hopper roof is equipped with rails with attachment mounts for rescue boats to help access those who are stuck or in need of assistance.

External pontoons can be attached to the vehicle threshold to create space for loading equipment and personnel.

The project is one of the 10 finalists in the arrival-powered Dezeen Future Mobility Competition, seeking mobility solutions that rethink the future of transportation.

Read more about the suggestions below.

Estuary Hopper
Jordan Burns
British Birmingham

“Located in the vast floodplain of southwest England is the city of Gloucester. The estuary hopper is a flexible system that can serve as a core public transport system, but can be adapted to a variety of uses in the event of a crisis.

“It is clear that our system is not ready to cope with the great forces of nature and is not suitable for today’s rapidly changing environment of vehicles and infrastructure.

“Estuary Hopper’s architecture is built on an amphibious chassis that can adapt to changes in water level, forming a watertight hull with a high threshold.

“A large central spine that runs along the length of the vehicle forms the backbone of the superstructure. This spine supports the vehicle’s internal blocks and modular panels, allowing it to be configured in different ways.

“The basic configuration is a medium-sized bus, large enough to carry people on a daily commute, but it’s narrow and compact, so it can move on difficult ground.

“A row of foldable seats along the sides of the vehicle maximizes internal volume and opens up space to meet different needs such as wheelchairs and luggage.

“In the event of an emergency, we can quickly and easily transform our platform into a response to manage the upcoming crisis.”

Future mobility competition utilizing arrival graphics

Future mobility competition

The Future Mobility Competition is a global design contest aimed at supporting new talent, solving urban mobility challenges, creating true sustainability and providing fundamental solutions to empower communities. is.

The contest, launched in partnership with the electric vehicle company Arrival, asks participants to identify mobility issues in their city and familiar cities and propose solutions that improve the way people move around the environment. I did.

The contest received over 170 entries from more than 45 countries around the world.

Entry is Kunle Adeiemi of architecture, design and urbanism studio NLÉ, Elizabeth Diller of studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York, Yves Béhar of Fuseproject, Jeremy Offer of arrival, Martina Wierzbicki, Marcus Fairs, Cajsa Carlson of Dezeen.

The panel has selected 10 suggestions as finalists to be published on Dezeen. From June 27th, one finalist will be announced each day, and on July 8th, the winner will be announced.

The winner will receive the highest award of $ 25,000, the runner-up will receive $ 15,000, and the third-placed participant will receive $ 10,000. The remaining seven finalists will each receive a $ 5,000 prize.

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Details of the partnership

Future Mobility Competition using Arrival is a partnership between Dezeen and Arrival. Learn more about Dezeen Partnership content here.


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