Megan Canning, Director of Operations, Design Trust for Public Space

Savannah Gorton

Deborah Marton, (former) Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space


Chelsea Mauldin, (former) Deputy Director, Design Trust for Public Space

Editorial Contributors

Paul Goldberger, Dean, Parsons The New School for Design

Michael Levine, Owner, Ronart Leasing Corporation

Phil Patton, Author and Design Journalist, The New York Times

Jean Ryan, VP for Public Affairs, Disabled in Action Vice Chair, Taxis for ALL Campaign

Andrew Salkin, First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission

Bruce Schaller, Transportation Consultant, Author of the New York City Taxicab Fact Book


Design Trust for Public Space

The designs featured in Designing the Taxi  were generated by some of the nation's top product and industrial designers. Following our series of workshops, participating designers were asked to rethink the taxi experience for both the passenger and the driver, and they had just three weeks to develop their ideas. The breadth and quality of ideas presented here are remarkable – and many served as design inspiration for the new Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow currently on our city's streets. 

Designing the Taxi provided broader exposure for these transformative visions of the New York City cab’s future. Illustrated with with imaginative renderings, the book is divided into two parts, “The Taxi System” and “The Taxi Vehicle.” 

The following sections provide an in-depth examination of ideas generated by workshop participants:

  • Taxi identity
  • Taxi stands
  • Taxi lanes/incentive pricing
  • Cell phone hailing
  • Cashless payment
  • Fleet diversification
  • Greening the taxi
  • Roof indicator light
  • Access
  • Interior proportions
  • Built-in child seat
  • Partition/passenger console
  • Skylight

Table of Contents

Background Essays

Proposals: The Taxi System
Proposals: The Taxi Vehicle
Conclusions & Recommendations


Publication Information

Date: November 2005

Size: 10.5 x 14"

Pages: 64

Binding: Saddle Stitch

ISBN:  978-0-971-6942-8-6

Printed by: Finlay Printing and Mohawk Fine Papers

Design by: Pentagram

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