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The Munich based architecture studio Andreas Vogler BDA together with the German Aerospace Center DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.) has been short-listed to propose new design solutions to improve passenger rolling stock across the UK rail network. The studio’s AEROLINER 3000 concept follows the consequent application of light weight thinking into the train world.
48 entries were received by the deadline and the Judging Panel met on 11 June to assess the designs. Interviews were subsequently held with a longlist of designers and following these a shortlist agreed by the Judging Panel.
Ten designs have now been identified and the teams selected in alphabetical order are:
• 42 Technology, Cambridgeshire
• Automotive Trim Developments Ltd, Coventry
• Creactive Design, Warwick (with two designs shortlisted)
• Maynard Design Limited, London
• Nikken Sekkei, Japan
• Priestman Goode, London
• Seymour Powell, London
• Transport Design International (TDI), Worcestershire
• Andreas Vogler, Germany
AEROLINER 3000 follows the consequent application of light weight thinking into the train world. The development of a combination of many singular elements concerning aerodynamics, locomotion, structure, interactive control systems and even passenger psychology will be orchestrated under the umbrella of a modern design and engineering culture informed by consequent lightweight thinking. Innovation is understood as a culture and the bridging of cultures in different expert fields.
The proposed design development is breaking with several historical paradigms putting the future of trains on the right track. It is approaching train design with background from aerospace and electric car design and smart manufacturing technologies at the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This will lead to an elegant sophisticated design within the specific constraints of the British Rail system.
Andreas Vogler Studio, an architecture firm founded by Swiss architect Andreas Vogler, which as also planned for space and aircraft interiors and has a sound background in transdisciplinary innovation development teamed up with the German Aerospace Center DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.) and its competence in light-weight vehicle research and design for developing concepts for the train of the future challenge.
DLR does research on a concept of an innovative high-speed train. Core questions DLR is working on are from the areas of aerodynamics, structural dynamics, dynamic performance, propulsion technology, material sciences and lightweight construction. DLR is Germany ́s national research centre for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in Aeronautics, Space, Energy, Transport and Security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures.