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Auto designer Harsha Ravi won the young designer of the year award for an electric car that was energy efficient yet aesthetically pleasing. His efforts contribute to the movement to reduce carbon emissions and reduce climate change.
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Harsha
HARSHA RAVI [Auto designer]
Design is a bit like time travel. Designers live in the future. They have to think at least four or five years ahead to make sure that when they plan for their design that it has the most positive impact on society in the future. My profession is car design.
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Melbourne, Australia
HARSHA RAVI
Melbourne Motor Show is very important to car designers to put out their work to get feedback from the public and from the media. There are a number of key players trying to get a sense of where their standing is in society. It’s like a car designer’s birthday, you know. You get your presents. Some things you like, some things you don’t like. A lot of design is about telling the truth. And a lot of it is about lying.
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+/- 12 percent of all carbon emissions come from cars
HARSHA RAVI
Design is a way of looking at the world. And sometimes you see it as it is, and sometimes you see it the way you want to see it. Now we know where we’re going in the future if we continue the way we’ve been continuing thus far. When we see that, we have the power to change the world in a very, very positive way. I don’t see any reason why I would become a car designer and continue designing cars the way they’ve been designed for decades. This is "The Globetrotter" and this car won me Australian Young Designer of the Year. My aim was to get it being greener, but to still retaining the sexy qualities. All of the exterior cladding is made of a corn-based plastic. It doesn’t use petrol directly; it just plugs into the central power grid and recharges the batteries while you are away. That effectively means there’s no negative impact on the environment, if it’s done in the way I’ve prescribed through my sketches and drawings. I’d like to make a change in the world, because I’ve first hand seen how cars can really impact on someone’s life. I was actually hit by a car at 60 kilometers an hour. It was about three o’clock in the afternoon and I had to get to a friend’s house. It was a four-lane road and I bolted, and we collided. The next thing I remember I woke up at hospital with Mom and Dad by my side. The first words I uttered were, "What happened?" I think it really fueled my need to follow a spiritual path. I meditate for about an hour, an hour and a half every day. First, you need to be in control of yourself. You need to know who you are, and who you want to be. Who you want to be is where design comes in. I see inspiration everywhere. There’s a tremendous amount of inspiration in nature. And there are also things such as buildings. And of course, people. They're always moving and they’re always changing and design has to change with them. The Globetrotter was designed for 2017. Right now we’re at an unfortunate position because the infrastructures that we have in place, that have been put into place in the past, are quite rigid. We need to really demand a greener solution. Because that way, design can pin that down and say, "Okay, well this is what they want, so we have nowhere else to go." Design is like a knife. A knife can be used by a surgeon to help; a knife can be used by a killer to harm. I’m a surgeon.
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