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Zishi Han

MA work

Project Rhizome: transform the MóDī system in China

Project Rhizome is an alternative proposal for mó dī (informal three-wheeler taxis in Beijing). Rushing on the street despite government prohibition, Mó dī is unsafe, disordered and lack of management. 

Based on the current model as a local commuting vehicle that complements public transport, I focus on designing a system and a new vehicle that bring the currently conflict stakeholders together to achieve an improved service and potentially benefit all of them. Using the existing electric three-wheel motorcycle chassis, the vehicle is an open structure with an exposed steel frame, which enables drivers and modification shops to alter the design and customize with locally found materials easily.


  • Zishi Han
  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Vehicle Design, 2014

  • Coming from China and being part of probably the fastest urbanisation in the world, I have always been fascinated by the huge impact of transportation on the process. With a broad interest and multidisciplinary background, I devoted my two-year journey at the RCA to an exploration of transportation design involving systems, services and material in urban context.

  • Degrees

  • BEng Automotive Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2012
  • Awards

  • VISIcON Automotive Lighting Design Competition, 2013; Runner-up, RCA & TFL Service Design Prize, 2013