Designing the Taxi

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Chelsea Mauldin

Primary Authors

Megan Canning, Savannah Gorton, Deborah Marton

Editorial Contributors

Paul Goldberger, Michael Levine, Phil Patton, Jean Ryan, Andrew Salkin, Bruce Schaller


Design Trust for Public Space

Publication Data

Date: November 2005
Trim Size: 10.5" x 14"
Pages: 64
Binding: Saddle stitch
ISBN: 978-0-971-6942-8-6
Design: Pentagram

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Related Project

Designing the Taxi

On June 16, 2005, a group of participants in the Design Trust's Designing the Taxi workshop program presented preliminary proposals for what the taxi should be and how, as a city, we can get there.

With only three weeks for development, the concepts presented were intended to be preliminary. However, the breadth and quality of ideas was 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.” The following sections provide 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
 • Access
 • Interior proportions
 • Built-in child seat
 • Partition/passenger console
 • Skylight

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