Architect converts auto rickshaw into mobile home complete with bed, kitchen and toilet – it s viral

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The custom vehicle has been designed by architect Arun Prabhu NG.

Updated: Oct 12, 2020, 21:21 IST

The architect Arun Prabhu NG named the project SOLO 01.
The architect Arun Prabhu NG named the project SOLO 01. (Instagram/@the.billboards.collective/)

Thanks to social media, you may have seen several pictures or videos of auto rickshaws with various modifications. However, this one takes customisation to a whole new level. An architect has impressed netizens by creating a tiny home on top of an auto rickshaw. The special vehicle has a bed, kitchen and bathroom along with other amenities. Pictures of the creation have gone viral.

The custom vehicle has been designed by architect Arun Prabhu NG. He shared pictures of the portable auto rickshaw back in December 2019.

“Super stoked to finally reveal a project that has been in the works! SOLO 01,” said a post detailing the special vehicle. “This ingenious small space design transforms a customized THREE WHEELER into a comfy mobile home,” it said further.

The pictures shared, show that the vehicle is equipped with a kitchen, wash basin, bathroom set-up with a bathtub, and a bed. The structure has solar panels and a water tank. The space also has several shelves and racks, and many windows for ventilation.

The vehicle once again caught people’s attention thanks to a Twitter thread about it.

Twitter user [email protected] posted three tweets sharing details about the vehicle and also shared some pictures.

Several people have shared reactions about the special portable home. Many also tagged business tycoon Anand Mahindra in their tweets.

 What do you think about this special three-wheeler home?

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Will the (auto, boat, home and garden) show go on? I-X Center closure, coronavirus pandemic cause turmoil for consumer events planners

CLEVELAND, Ohio — More cars are sold in March in northern Ohio than any other month, according to Lou Vitantonio, president of the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association.

Boats on display at the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show in January 2020. Will the event return in 2021? Organizers hope so.

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Boats on display at the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show in January 2020. Will the event return in 2021? Organizers hope so.

Why? Because the weeklong Cleveland Auto Show always ends in early March, kicking off a flurry of car buying.


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Whether that happens in 2021 is anyone’s guess.

Organizers for the auto show, the Great Big Home and Garden Show, the Cleveland Boat Show and other popular consumer events were thrown for a loop on Wednesday, when the company that operates the International Exposition Center in Cleveland announced that it was closing the facility.

The news comes on top of what is already a very challenging time for the events industry, as the state continues to restrict most large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the challenges, Vitantonio said he is cautiously optimistic that the car show, which drew nearly 350,000 visitors over 10 days early this year, will be held in 2021.

Michelle Burke, president of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, which produces the popular Progressive Cleveland Boat Show every January at the I-X Center, said she, too, is hopeful. Her event draws 50,000 attendees and 300 vendors over five days. Some boat vendors said they generate 40% of their annual sales at the Cleveland show.

Burke is leading an effort to convince Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to allow consumer shows to operate.

Statewide, convention centers have been largely restricted from reopening, at least for their intended purposes, as most large gatherings are still prohibited in Ohio (although there are numerous exceptions – for weddings, Browns and Bengals games, performance venues and other facilities).

Burke argues that consumer shows are not mass gatherings – they’re more like retail operations or entertainment venues and should be permitted under already existing state guidelines.

“We won’t have people all together, elbow to elbow,” she said. Like museums and amusement parks, consumer shows can restrict capacity, sell timed tickets, require one-way aisles and put rules in place to keep attendees safe.

She is organizing an effort on behalf of event operators throughout Ohio to put pressure on Columbus to ease restrictions. “There’s a problem and we have to solve it,” she said.

The Ohio Travel Association also is seeking clarification from the governor’s office on the issue of mass gatherings. Melinda Huntley, executive director of the association, said that the size of a venue should be considered when dictating how many people can attend an event.

A massive facility like the I-X Center shouldn’t be governed by the same rules as a small club.

“Here we are with an absolutely devasting travel economy,” she said. “We have to give these businesses the opportunity to do as much business as they can in a safe manner.”

DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said the state will listen to

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What’s next for Auto, Home & Garden shows?

Organizers remain optimistic they can continue.

CLEVELAND — For 35 years, the I-X Center by Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has been home to some of the region’s biggest events.

From political rallies to the annual Auto Show, it even held the annual I-X Indoor Amusement Park.

“I think the I-X Center Corporation had very obvious reasons for making the decision that they did,” said Tom Baugh of Marketplace Events, which produces the annual Home and Garden Show.

By the end of the year, the facility will close. An I-X spokesperson blamed the global pandemic which “has decimated the event industry.”

“The city owns the I-X Center, and they will be the ones to make the final determination of whether the building reopens,” Baugh said. “The building hasn’t permanently closed. The people that operate the building have permanently stepped away from operating it.”

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They gave no indication of what may be next for a facility which has embraced reinvention. It was used to make bombers in the 1940’s and then tanks during the Korean War before becoming an event venue in 1985.

“We need to find an operator to take over and step into that building and operate it,” said Lou Vintantonio, president of the Cleveland Auto Show. “There’s a way to do it. We just got to put our heads together and see how to accomplish it.”

The news caught some people off guard, however.

In a written statement, David Gilbert of Destination Cleveland said he “wasn’t aware of the decision before it was reported by local news organizations and is determining the long-term effect.”

The city released a statement late Wednesday saying that options will be reviewed:

“The City of Cleveland thanks Ray Park for his many years managing the IX Center. The IX Center has been visited by many who have enjoyed the consumer shows and the exposition events. The City recognizes the challenge operating an exposition facility in an industry that has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The City’s Department of Port Control leases the IX Center property to the IX Center Corp. The City of Cleveland will be reviewing options relative to the future uses for the 2 million square foot building.”

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The I-X Center, home to the auto show, garden show and indoor amusement park, is closing: The Wake Up podcast

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has taken down a giant in Cleveland.

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The mammoth I-X Center, the home to annual events such as the auto show, home show and indoor amusement park, is closing its doors for good at the end of the year. As many as 2 million visitors per year attended events at the 2.2-million-square-foot facility. The question now is where will those events go? The coronavirus also is hitting Cuyahoga County’s arts and cultural sector hard, putting the future of some organizations in question. There is some good news: The Big Ten will play a football season after all, beginning Oct. 23.

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Custom Auto Interior – 3 Reasons to Consider Seat Re-Covering

Having your car’s seats re-done/re-covered is a fairly large custom auto interior project, but even so, it is generally reasonably price and well worth doing. There are three primary reasons for having your car’s seats re-done/re-covered, and we’ll cover them in brief, below:

1 – If you want to update your vehicle and give it a fresh look, the seats are generally the biggest, most eye catching part of the interior of the car. If you can only afford to have one thing done, this will make the biggest visible difference for the money spent.

2 – If you’re restoring a classic car and want to return it to original “off the showroom floor” condition, you’ll almost certainly need the services of a specialist. That’s a big, intricately detailed job, and not one that many people can do on the fly. Again, the seats are a major part of the restoration of the interior, and as such, should be a priority.

3 – If you’re taking advantage of existing damage to effect a change. Maybe you’re not looking to drastically alter the look of your car’s interior, or maybe you don’t want to change a thing, but if you’ve got damage and want to fix the vehicle up and extend its useful life, then re-padding and re-covering the seats will certainly help you accomplish your goal!

Remember that re-padding and re-covering your seats is NOT the same thing as having seat covers installed. Seat covers merely go over what’s already there. What we’re talking about is having the old upholstery removed and replaced/updated with new. Totally different thing!

This is but one of a great number of services that a good custom auto interior specialist can perform for you.…

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