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AXIS Vol.143

2010 January - February
Cover Photographer: Yoshiaki Tsutsui
Feature
Feature

2030—The Transformation of Society and Cars by Electric Vehicles

In 2009, said to be the first year in the reign of the electric vehicle, it is expected that EV’s will perform as part environmental policy and bring a new industrial revolution to a world deep in recession. Demonstrating zero use of fossil fuels, zero CO2 emissions, and reduced noise, EV’s permit entry not only by the automobile industry but by other manufacturing sectors as well. Although it seems that the world of EV will arrive any day and bring with it a happy future, what is the truth of the matter?

Cover Interview
Cover Interview

Sam Hecht

How do people and things interrelate in the environment of our daily lives? Designers say they design things, but what exactly are they designing? Perhaps we can’t really say that human beings should be at the center of a design. Things that are taken for granted may not actually be so mundane, and while you may not notice this, your body does. We talked with designer Sam Hecht who continues to question design from his unique perspective.

Topics
Topics

A new luge model for Team Japan Luge in the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games

Among the various winter sports that make use of equipment, the luge, where athlete and sled become one, has a particularly distinctive form. Team Japan Luge has developed new models with such organizations as the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the University of Tokyo, and a number of materials manufacturers.

Topics
Topics

How it’s done at 4nchor5 la6 (anchors’ lab)

4nchor5 la6 is a group of Japanese creators who adopted a hacker-style name that uses numbers in place of three letters. Who are these people who casually but masterfully use blogs, YouTube, and twitter to dispatch information? What is their base of activity, which they call a “lab,” like?

Traditional Craft Forms
Traditional Craft Forms

The Rotary Engine

The theory of the rotary engine was established in 1588 and put into practical use in 1959. Although many laud it as the ideal engine, the only manufacture able to mass-produce it successfully has been Mazda. Forty years after the rotary’s first practical application in an actual vehicle, new technology such as the hydrogen rotary engine has been developed.