Check your rearview mirrors, Audi. The Japan-based luxury car company Lexus recently announced the launch of a new design award that calls for proposalsÂ on the theme of â€œMotionâ€: â€Our daily lives are continuously filled with motion. The motion of things, the motion of people. Moving peopleâ€™s hearts. Shifting consciousnessâ€¦â€ You get the idea.Â And itâ€™s one that may ring a bellâ€”the theme of this yearâ€™s Audi Urban Design Award was â€œMobility.â€
In an intriguing twist, architect Junya Ishigami of Tokyo, one of the 2012 Audi award finalists who dropped out of that competition before the October judging, has now reappeared as a â€œmentorâ€ to the Lexus award. Thereâ€™s the requisite big-name panel of judges (Antonelli, Ito, and more), and a five million yen (about $60,000) prize for each of ten winners. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Audi.