Liveblog of Ryan C.C. Chin's PhD thesis defense at MIT Media Lab
Ryan came to MIT in 1997, and got a Master's in Architecture, and then at the Media Lab, before entering into the Lab's Ph.D program. He took leave for 18 months to work on the CityCar project.
Ryan's thesis examines smart customization, and the scientific differences between mass customization and traditional mass production. Is one better than the other? Is one more sustainable?
The CityCar is customizable on a number of levels: its base design, its adaptability to its environment (city), and its individual parts' modularity.
Ryan hasn't only worked on cars; he's also studied customization of dress shirts. He chose shirts because of their low cost, frequency of use, and relatively easy traceability (see SourceMap).