Access Cover and Drainage Solutions of the Future

Birmingham City University Masters students were recently challenged to rethink the role of access covers and drainage products as part of their Product Design Conceptualism module.

Working in collaboration with Saint-Gobain PAM UK, they were challenged to rip up the rulebook and consider how “science fiction might meet science fact”.

The brief was to take these products and consider their context within their overall environment, whether in an urban cityscape or on our highways and roads.  How else could these products contribute to our environment?

And who knows some of the designs may form part of our environment in future

The winning design, by Ziqiao Wang, is called the Magic Crossing.  It is a kerbside drainage product that doubles up as an interactive, intelligent road crossing to improve pedestrian safety and add some fun to the urban landscape.

Magic Crossing by Ziqiao Wang

To see details of all the entries click on the link below:

Magic Crossing – Ziqiao Wang

Drain Lock – Zifei Qian

Chameleon – Zhiui Mai

Breathing Cover – Yu Lin Fang

Explosion Warning – Leirui Zhao

Filter Cover – Pan Pan Chen

Hologram PAM – Chara Marangou

Reconnaissance Drain – Shao-Kang Lu

Air Master – Jing Yang

City Guide – Weiying Tang

Pay Attention Please – Pei Hu

Road Angel – Kai Qiang

Smart Automatic Parking – Jiaqi Quan

Walk This Way – Yu Tang