Praveen Subramani design + technology + cities

Wheels + Legs

Wheels + Legs is the first of a series of exhibitions at the MIT Media Lab featuring the research of Media Lab groups. Working with Changing Places colleagues Ryan Chin, Michael Lin, and Will Lark, I contributed to the design, production, and curation of the exhibition. Our work included the design and curation of display cases, architectural layout of the exhibition, production of Changing Places videos, and graphic design, positioning, and layout of a large transparent mural featuring the City Car concept. The exhibition features the early work of our research group on designing vehicles, robot wheels, and other innovative solutions for urban mobility. The evolution of various full scale vehicles such as the City Carare demonstrated through the use of sketches, scale models, and 3D-printed objects.

Wheels + Legs

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From lightweight, shared, electric vehicles that fold, to artificial limbs that not only emulate—but improve upon—biological gaits, the Media Lab is transforming mobility for the 21st century.

This exhibit features the work of two Media Lab research groups: Changing Places (Kent Larson, director) and Biomechatronics (Hugh Herr, director). Changing Places researchers are creating more livable and sustainable cities with projects like the CityCar, GreenWheel, RoboScooter, and PEV (Persuasive Electric Vehicle). The Biomechatronics group focuses on smart prostheses, orthotics, and exoskeletons, blurring the boundaries between what is human and what is not.

This work results from a shared commitment to disruptive technologies created at the interface of traditional disciplines. The only limitations are physical law and the boundaries of our collective imaginations.

Wheels + Legs is on display in the atrium of the MIT Media Lab (75 Amherst St, Cambridge MA) from Dec 21, 2012 to Oct 4, 2013.

Michael Lin, Ryan Chin, and Praveen Subramani with Wheels + Legs at the MIT Media Lab. Photo by Andy Ryan.

Michael Lin, Ryan Chin, and Praveen Subramani with Wheels + Legs at the MIT Media Lab. Photo by Andy Ryan.

Ryan Chin, Praveen Subramani, and Michael Lin with Wheels + Legs Elevator Mural of folding CityCar. Photo by Andy Ryan.

Ryan Chin, Praveen Subramani, and Michael Lin with Wheels + Legs Elevator Mural of folding CityCar.
Photo by Andy Ryan.