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Core77 Recognizes ID’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Project

June 18, 2024

Core77 Design Awards
Introducing Capital Design—A Pioneering Approach For Influencing Public and Private Investment

Core77 has announced the honorees of its annual Design Awards. Among them is ID’s project, “Future Archetypes of EV Charging,” which was recognized both in the Consumer Technology and Transportation categories as a Runner-Up and Notable project.

Graduate students Jie An, Deaa Bataineh, Jerick Evans, Isaac Jang, Mitchell Kunichoff, Jordan Ostapchuk, Keval Parekh, Pranjal Shah, and Ayaka Uriu, led by ID Professor Carlos Teixeira, considered that as adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) accelerates, obstacles like charging infrastructure, slow charging times, and the high cost of batteries have to be addressed.

By focusing on Capital Design, the idea that design can influence investment from public and private markets, and the decision-making processes that drive innovation, the students examined how strategic choice-making through design can influence and shape communities for the better.

The future of sustainable transportation is what we consider a 'complex space of innovation,' where many forces and interests, public and private, intersect. It's fertile ground for systems thinking and the kind of pioneering work that happens at ID.
—Anijo Mathew, Dean, Institute of Design
Repeated image of cars charging

Instead of asking, “How can we replicate the concept of gas stations for EVs?” ID students participating in Carlos Teixeira’s Sustainable Solutions Workshop asked, “What can we electrify to meet the demand?”

Making EV charging easy and omnipresent not only helps us move away from fossil fuels and fight climate change but also gets us closer to a cleaner, smarter, and more just world for everyone.

Through rounds of prototyping and design, the ID team identified features and archetypes that enable a future where EV infrastructure and its many benefits are available to anyone—wherever they live or choose to travel.

The values guiding the project—transparency, resiliency, and a focus on decarbonization, decentralization, and digitization—underscore its unique approach to EV charging.
—Carlos Teixeira, Charles L. Owen Professor of Design


Energy Exchange

This archetype was explored through the lens of high-level goals, the impacts driving towards those goals, the features that generate the impacts, and what those features afford.

Through leveraging the strategic role of design against capital investment tools, we created a solution that could guide significant investment in sustainable infrastructures.
—Deaa Bataineh, PhD Researcher

The Core77 Design Awards celebrate the richness of the design profession as well as the insight and perseverance of its practitioners. Dedicated to excellence and inclusivity, the program offers both students and professionals the opportunity to promote their best work on a global scale.

Find more information about this project online and in the students’ final report.