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Food Trucks of the Future May Include Wings and Dining Pods

"The Dunkin' Donuts Truck provides LA commuters with fresh donut and coffee delivery directly to their vehicle while waiting in traffic, all without leaving the comfort of ones vehicle." By Lynn Kim
"The Dunkin' Donuts Truck provides LA commuters with fresh donut and coffee delivery directly to their vehicle while waiting in traffic, all without leaving the comfort of ones vehicle." By Lynn Kim
[Photos courtesy Jennifer Siegal]

What will the food truck of the future look like? This semester, Jennifer Siegal of the Office of Mobile Design taught a topic studio for USC architecture undergrads called "Generation Mobile: Exploring the Deployable, 'Free-Range Cuisine' Truck Culture" with goal of finding out. Her students met chefs, mobile business owners, suppliers, and community activists and explored the "burgeoning food truck ubiquitous with the mobile Los Angeles culture."

Since it was an architecture class, it was about the "possibilities of portable structures and mobile environments from which to draw from." And for a final project, the students designed their own future-looking food trucks. One of the imagined trucks included wings (not to fly, but to "collect, filter and store rain water" in times of crisis). Another truck (a Dunkin Donut truck, no less) is situated above cars stuck in traffic, delivering donuts and coffee to passengers below. And one truck offered hovering dining pods for privacy.

According to Curbed LA, the work will be exhibited at the Border Grill in downtown Los Angeles starting today, Tuesday, December 14. But if you can't make it, do check out the slideshow above.

· Generation Mobile: Exploring the Deployable, 'Free-Range Cuisine' Truck Culture [pdf course syllabus]
· Office of Mobile Design [Official Site]

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