Recent grad of Umeâ Institute of Design (via Jerusalem's Bezalel Academy, where he completed his B.F.A.), Gosha Galitsky is currently seeking work in Europe or the U.S. His concept for Dynapac, a manufacturer of compaction and paving equipment, is a forward-looking approach to infrastructural upkeep:The Dynapac Red Carpet is an environmentally conscious solution for road maintenance in future Mega-Cities, where street traffic is predicted to become increasingly dense and unstoppable. This futuristic road-recycling paver allows inner city traffic to continue its flow without interruptions by letting vehicles drive over it while paving. The machine utilizes an existing process known as Hot-In-Place Recycling, in which the old road surface is re-heated using microwaves. The reclaimed asphalt is lifted into the machine, mixed with a small amount of fresh binder and paved back onto the road.
Ten points if you can name another road paving process (hint: "steamrolling" isn't a paving process); twenty if you can name another compaction equipment manufacturer. Which is to note that we use roads every day, yet we rarely, if ever, consider the maintenance and upkeep of asphalt. As a bike commuter in NYC, I've gained an intimate knowledge of the potholes on many of the streets in Upper Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan—and a visceral appreciation for freshly-laid asphalt—but I have only a superficial (pun intended) understanding of road surfacing and the engineering considerations that go into infrastructure.