The Low Impact Vehicle project aims to retrofit our transportation system around the human body, instead of 40-ton trucks. This would reduce the amount of land needed for streets and parking, allowing us to reclaim land for vegetation to improve our watersheds. Other benefits include carbon reductions for manufacturing and operations; improved public health; and social justice. Most of all: improved mobility for both freight and people.
The first phase of the LIV project will kick-off on August 22 in Seward Park. A Low Impact Vehicle exhibition (aLIVe) invites artists, artists, architects, landscape architects, engineers, inventors and designers of all types to create visions for the future. Areas of exploration include vehicles designed around the human body; streets designed for people; and communities built around the need for trees and unpaved spaces, clean air and clean water. The purpose of aLIVe is to present new ideas in various formats such as prototypes, designs, works in progress and to also present metaphorical art to stimulate a conversation that will help us change our culture, one mind at a time. We’re looking for everything from prototypes to poetry.
Hosted by Great City. 4Culture, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Parks, greenmuseum.org and SvR Design are all early sponsors. The art critic Jen Graves has written about aLIVe and posted a podcast http://podcasts.thestranger.com/invisible/
Also, there’s an aLIVe Group on the Seattle Network: http://seattlegreatcitynetwork.ning.com/group/alive. It includes an “illustrated guide.”