Heatherwick was delivering the inaugural talk at the forum on the role of design. The award-winning English designer has his own design practice and was also involved in the revamp of London's iconic big red bus. The challenge here, he explained, was developing an aesthetic form whilst accounting for mandatory safety regulations. "Most of our work was trying to recalibrate safety regulations but doing it without putting it in your face," he said.
The buses became larger, with daylight streaming through the staircases, and smaller bulbs in place of jarring fluorescent lights. "We wanted to try and reestablish the human priority rather than the regulatory priority," he said.