AMBL (MA/MSC INNOVATION DESIGN ENGINEERING, 2019)
Mobility aids are currently static and standardised. Their designs haven't evolved over the years to address improving mobility, but rather force the body to overcompensate elsewhere, simply furthering deterioration.
The Assistive Mobility Bioelectronic Layer uses muscle sensing and actuation embedded into a comfortable garment and explores how the body could be leveraged to help itself recover.
AMBL supports and offloads weight from the knee when walking by using electromyography and electronic muscle stimulation to create customisable dynamic support.
SPACES AVAILABLE (MA ARCHITECTURE, 2017)
Throughout history, the form of our streets have been shaped by our modes of transportation. Starting first with the introduction of the horse and cart, then the motor car, the spatial properties of our surroundings have been crafted to accommodate these advancing technologies. Today, most streets are lined with parked cars that spend around 96 per cent of their time unused. Traffic signals, congestion zones and fines aim to limit the effects of the car on the city, yet the vehicle centric cities of today offer little respite for the pedestrian. The modernists became obsessed with trying to separate the two, but with few effective propositions. With congestion and infrastructure ever increasing, the street is no longer an enjoyable place to be.
On the horizon however, the prospect of autonomous vehicles promises to change all of this – to offer a new model that will change the way we live. Their accuracy means the narrowing of lane sizes, while their autonomy eradicates the need for parking. Suddenly as space is freed up, the city has the opportunity to reclaim this prime real estate once reserved for the motor car.Spaces Available looks at this next inevitable revolution in the way we move through space and offers a glimpse as to how our cities will once again be radically reshaped.
Amir Afshar is an MA student in Innovation Design Engineering (2017–19), and has been awarded a Pokémon Scholarship.
School of Design
MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2019
Hi I'm Amir, I'm a multidisciplinary designer who’s passionate about exploring how emergent technologies will reshape our future interactions, environments and cities.
As a futurist, I’ve always kept my finger firmly on the pulse of cutting edge research, and like to blur the boundaries between speculation and reality. Whether looking at the possibilities of new materials or at the scale of the architecture, I’m not afraid to deep dive into the unknown, and love to explore in the intersection between design and technology.
Previously trained as an architect, I've now refined my skills by asking 'what if…' through a dual masters programme in innovation design engineering at The Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.
Some current projects include a series of machines, which transform lobster shells into bioplastics and form them, and an exploration into the implications of architectural ceramics.
- MA Architecture, Royal College of Art, 2017
- Independent designer, Atelier LUMA, Arles, 2018–present; Design consultant, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, London, 2017; Project coordinator/client representative, Razavi Medical Complex, Sri Lanka, 2013–2016; Design team, Studio Banana, Madrid, 2012–2013; Freelance architectural designer, Suitcase Magazine, 2012
- Wall Street Journal Future of Everything Festival, Spring Studios, New York, 2019; The Shellworks, OpenCell, London, 2018; SuperForm, Imperial College London, 2018; Show 2017, Royal College of Art, London, 2017; Life of Clay, RIBA, London, 2016; De-Industrial Revolution, Japanese Embassy, London, 2016; SuperNature, Royal College of Art, London, 2016
- Distinction Thesis, Royal College of Art, 2016; '404 ERROR* CITY NOT FOUND' – AN EXPLORATION INTO THE FUTURE OF ARCHITECTURE IN THE MIXED REALITY CITY