Public transport in 2050 according to…

Inspire • Pulse #1 • 2 min

Three artists, three cultures, three visions of the world. We gave them carte blanche to express what they think public transport will look like in 2050. An exhilaratingly fresh take on mobility!



« Thinking ahead to 2050, I’m optimistic. I see all our energy being renewable and all our water filtered and reusable. Our cities will be in harmony with nature. There won’t be any cars. Instead we’ll rely on safe and comfortable public transport or alternatively we’ll simply walk or bike. We’ll also use virtual reality headsets (made from recycled materials, of course) to travel by flying carpet, hot air balloon or winged horse… »

Powerpaola was born in 1977 in Quito, Ecuador, and, at a young age, moved to Colombia. She is currently finishing an animated adaptation of her first graphic novel “Virus Tropical” and lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


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« I wonder whether we’ll have flying cars by 2050. In reality, I don’t think many cars will actually fly. But seeing how popular drones have become, I think there’s a good chance our skies will be filled in one way or another. I’m not sure what type of vehicles they’ll be though. Most will be autonomous, but I doubt they’ll be able to fly. That would just congest the skies. So I reckon only public transport services will be allowed to operate in the air, using large flying buses. »

Tatsuro was born in Tokyo in 1966. He’s worked for clients such as The New Yorker, United Airlines, The Royal Mail and Starbucks. He’s a member of the Tokyo Illustrators Society.


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« By 2050, I hope most public transport will be electric and more sustainable. I think many people will be working from home, meaning fewer commutes. We’ll also have more urban nature. Cities will all have their own Elon Musk Hyperloop, and cars will be autonomous. Extra-wide buses – the size of trains – will be solar and wind powered and their huge windows will double up as screens. »

Timo is a freelance illustrator based in Amsterdam. His art can be described as bold, graphic and minimal. He combines personal work with commercial commissions. He has been working with Facebook, Monocle, Adobe, Bloomberg, Twitter and WeTransfer among others.


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