Designing the Taxi (PDF)


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On June 16, 2005, a group of participants in the Design Trust for Public Space's Designing the Taxi  project presented proposals for what the New York City taxi could be. With only three weeks for development, the concepts presented were intended to be preliminary. However, the breadth and quality of ideas were stunning. This book, written by the Design Trust and designed by Pentagram, is intended to provide broader exposure for these transformative visions of the New York City cab's future. Illustrated with with imaginative renderings, the book is divided into two parts, "The Taxi System" and "The Taxi Vehicle," and provides an in-depth examination of ideas generated by workshop participants:

Taxi identity
Taxi stands
Taxi lanes/incentive pricing
Cell phone hailing
Cashless payment
Fleet diversification
Greening the taxi
Roof indicator light
AccessInterior proportions
Built-in child seat
Partition/passenger console


Megan Canning, Director of Operations, Design Trust for Public Space
Savannah Gorton
Deborah Marton, (former) Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space


Chelsea Mauldin, (former) Deputy Director, Design Trust for Public Space

Editorial Contributors

Paul Goldberger, Dean, Parsons The New School for Design
Michael Levine, Owner, Ronart Leasing Corporation
Phil Patton, Author and Design Journalist, The New York Times
Jean Ryan, VP for Public Affairs, Disabled in Action Vice Chair, Taxis for ALL Campaign
Andrew Salkin, First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission
Bruce Schaller, Transportation Consultant, Author of the New York City Taxicab Fact Book



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