JIM CHI
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TEAM

A E S

 
 

Team AES has come up a solution that we believe solves the problems where the current design falls short. We worked on combining the aesthetic and the functional to make a bin that belongs in the present New York, while signaling what the city could be in the future.

 

Better Bin Competition

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The BetterBin challenge is a design challenge issued by the New York Department of Sanitation for NYC’s next trash can. The aim is to create a trash bin that improves the lives of those traveling on the streets and that of the sanitation workers, all while being quintessentially New York.

 
 

A I M

 
 
 

To address the design challenge laid out by the BetterBin panel, our team has decided to take an approach that attempts to tackle the problems primarily faced by the sanitation workers of NYC, while creating a form that merges with the functional aspects. When thinking about the aesthetics, we wanted to create something that feels at home on the streets of New York City, but at the same time, is instantly recognizable and can be found easily. An example of this are the green lamps used to illuminate the entrances to the subway system. While, fitting into the landscape of the streets, the user knows exactly what to look out for when trying to locate a subway entrance.

 
 
 
 
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MOCK-UPS

Following our brainstorming sessions, we set our sights on foam cups to mock-up our concepts.

Testing them gave us a clearer idea of what was working and what wasn’t. We narrowed down or choices between 2 concepts.

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DESIGN

To tackle the problem of rat access, we incorporated a base that elevates the bin by around 7”. At the same time, the base has a railing incorporated into its design that provides a leverage point for lifting during servicing. The base is also wider than the bottom of the bin to improve stability in windy situations. The shape of the trash bin itself has a parabolic curve, creating a form that’s reminiscent of a jet engine or a spacecraft. The opening has a circular section which transitions into a pentagon at the bottom. The pentagon was chosen to reference the five boroughs that make up NYC. To make servicing easier, a lip is added at the opening to hold onto while dragging the bin. At the same time, it is angled downwards, discouraging misuse of the outer limits.

After taking into account the cost of a complex metal injection mold, and the current rates for PP, our estimates are at around $110 per bin for a 20,000 unit run.

 
 

Upper Handle

Horizontal

Easy to

Drag & Roll

 

Middle Handle

Vertical

Easy to Grip

 

Bottom Handle

Easy to

Pull & Throw

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SENERIOS 

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About

A S E

 
 

TEAM ASE

We met each other in Pratt Institute. We are Jim Chi, Leo Wang, from Taiwan, Rahul Pradhan, from India, and Mari Morimoto, from Japan. We aim to design great products and make the world better. We are ASE, and we seek for Aesthetic.