• Jan 23, 2009
The BMW GINA Light Visionary Model was not only about doing more with your car, it was about multiplying the concept of what kind of object a car could be. BMW's design chief ,Chris Bangle, the man behind the BMW GINA Concept, was a recent guest professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and brought the vision of GINA with him.

Bangle's challenge to the class was that they utilize the transformable skin from the concept car to create "futuristic housing concepts." The students came up with homes that almost act as foils for their owners – one "would give you more space, but only if you negotiated it with your neighbors." The idea of a house that can mutate along with us is a clever carryover of technology from concept auto to domicile. Even so, the idea of a house that chides us with "Go ask Bob next door if it's all right..." could take some getting used to. Thanks to everyone for the tips!


[Source: NY Times via BMW Blog]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      This story really speaks to me. What I hear is:

      "Having ruined automotive beauty as much as one man possibly could, and seeing how his employer has started to wise up and tone down on his flame-surfacing fad, Chris Bangle has set his sights on a new target, as he corrupts young minds to do his bidding: the uglification of Everything."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lets see...they stretched fabric over a frame to create a living space.

      How is this different than a tent?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Though there is the similarity to a tent, it seems like these skins would be functionally more durable and more wind/weather resistant... however, they would still transmit sound like a tent, so unless you like living in a close-quarters camping ground 24x7, making a "tent condo" is a horrible idea.

      On the other hand, an individual free-standing unit (off by itself) would be a nice economical option for a summer cabin. Bigger and more permanent than a tent, much cheaper (and possibly more portable) than a regular building... like a futuristic yurt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm...gotta love a chat about 'ginas....
      • 5 Years Ago
      how would i mount my tv on the wall?
      • 5 Years Ago
      very impractical and stupid idea, which at the same time is very original, cool and interesting.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        oh and I was talking only about the GINA concept car.... don't care so much for the tents....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Original or not, the Gina concept looks hideous, and the hood opens up like a **gina.... no wonder it's called Gina.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Why don't you put some rods in side, and wrap it with clothes. Oh, wait, a tent :)
      brilliant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The houses are stupid too.... would anyone ever want to live in a house with irregular ceilings? I would rather live in an igloo. At least the ceiling of an igloo looks more harmonious.

      Please Mr. Bangle, are you sensing that BMW will fire you soon, and you are planning a career change to become an architect? You are an inept car designer, and you'll be an inept architect. Instead, you should go get a job with Lockheed. Your design is perfect for stealth jet fighters. See below link if you don't know what stealth jet fighters looks like. Yes, they look exactly like your new design.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-117_Nighthawk

      You have produced enough eyesores on our suburban roads.... please don't ruin our suburbs with your hideous houses..... Stick with stealth jet fighters that will fly under our radar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oooh, aaah, a tent! If Chris Bangle thought of this 9000 years ago, he'd probably still be a few hundred years late with the idea.
      s13hybrid
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow these homes (tents) are pretty stupid. Even the rendering is mediocre. And this is coming from the students at Harvard University Graduate School of Design?

      Did they have to think and make something within a hour or something?

      Sorry to be so critical, but I just find this to be "bleh".
      • 5 Years Ago
      They are going to build one of these in Virginia. It will be known as VA GINA.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I immediately thought of tents before seeing the rendering.

      As much as the Gina seems to be built like a WWI aircraft, those fabrics were stretched & coated to become fairly rigid.
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