Feed Your Food Cart Fetish

Responses to the design challenge of creating a "fast" food truck for the 21st century.

Designer Jennifer Siegal, whose grandfather sold hot dogs in Coney Island, followed in his footsteps, funding her graduate degree from sales from her very own cart. Little surprise then that Siegal went on to found her own firm, the Office of Mobile Design and edited the book, Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture. This fall, she taught a seminar exploring what she calls "the deployable free-range cuisine truck culture" at USC. Her crafty students, after a semester immersed in everything from the Wienermobile to Bucky Fuller's Ideas for Today, came up with the following "fast" food delivery solutions for the 21st century.

Below, Scott Baik's Teppenyaki Truck turns the art of food preparation into a communal event to be enjoyed while waiting, lounging or watching sports.

The Garden Lab envisioned by Susie Loewenstein visits urban LA neighborhoods teaching and implementing skills in composting, planting, and hand-tooled construction techniques to encourage community participation.

The flexible skin of Vikki Chan's Mozzarella Mobile expands and slides open to provide space for tasting and sampling 3 varieties of mozzarella whether to sit and stay or take away.

Marcus Cheng's self-sufficient Mobile Water Truck spreads its wings to collect, filter and store rain water in exterior bladders and delivers it to people in times of crisis and need.

Jee-Ae Kim's Sushi Pod allows for private intimate dining while hovering over the urban sidewalks and admiring the sushi preparation inside the truck below.

And the Dunkin' Donuts Truck designed by Lynn Kim provides LA commuters with fresh donut and coffee delivery directly to their vehicle while waiting in traffic, all without leaving the comfort of one's vehicle.


Four black women, Engineers Christine Darden and Mary Jackson, mathematician Katherine Johnson, and computer programmer Dorothy Vaughan, worked as "human computers" at NASA during the Space Race, making space travel possible through their complex calculations. Jackson, Johnson, and Vaughn all played a vital role in helping John Glenn become the first American to orbit the Earth.

They worked behind the scenes, but now they're getting the credit they deserve as their accomplishments are brought to the forefront. Their amazing stories were detailed in the book "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly, which was later turned into a movie. (Darden was not featured in the movie, but was in the book). Johnson has a building at NASA named after her, and a street in front of NASA's Washington D.C. headquarters was renamed "Hidden Figures Way."

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