The Design and Technology Lab is a joint venture between the Industrial Design Programme at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and the Product Development Group of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). The Lab is a cross-university education and research platform dedicated to interdisciplinary innovation projects.

Express delivery with a shuttle bus

Cargolink

Express delivery with a shuttle bus

The Design and Technology Lab is a joint venture between the Industrial Design Programme at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and the Product Development Group of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). The Lab is a cross-university education and research platform dedicated to interdisciplinary innovation projects.

Internal mail delivers goods between ETH Zentrum and ETH Hönggerberg within one to two days. If things have to go faster, employees bring the goods by car and thus lose valuable working time. To transport people, "Link" shuttle buses run three times an hour between the two locations. With lockers at the rear of these buses, Cargolink offers an ecological transport solution and makes individual deliveries unnecessary. All members of the ETH can use this express service via a smartphone app. In the future, it is conceivable that the service will be extended to other public transportation systems.

Interview with Matthias Bernhardt:

What are the benefits of studying at Zurich University of the Arts?

During my training as a structural engineering draftsman I have already learned a lot of basics about designing. However, I felt that a specific engagement with design as a discipline was lacking. During my studies I highly valued discussion with others and critical thinking. The ZHdK is exactly the right place for this!

What does it mean to work with a mechanical engineer?

We both benefit from each other's knowledge and from productive misunderstandings. Because it is clear that we do not have the same prerequisites, we need to be able to articulate and argue our approaches well: a win-win situation for both sides - and for the project.

What will you still remember in ten years?

Certainly the diploma project and the double state of emergency. But probably most of all a project from the 3rd semester. This was the first time I understood what design means exactly, including all dimensions and procedures. In particular, I understood how important drawing and hand rendering are, so that my creative ideas don't turn out to become slaves of the design softwares.

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