social design

The FreeBike Project Leases Bikes to Students at No Cost

The FreeBike Project Leases Bikes to Students at No Cost

After paying for tuition, books and accommodation throughout college, the word "free" sounds like sweet music to the ears of any student. The FreeBike Project not only allow students on campuses across

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Projexity Helps Communities Crowdsource for Better Urban Development

Projexity Helps Communities Crowdsource for Better Urban Development

Want to turn that pesky vacant lot into a pocket park but don't know where to start? Projexity's got you covered. Started by a group of Canadian architects, landscape architects and urban designers,

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Copenhagen Set to Launch World’s Most High-Tech Bike Sharing Program

Copenhagen Set to Launch World’s Most High-Tech Bike Sharing Program

Copenhagen is getting ready to launch an innovative and efficient new bike-sharing program that will offer bikes with GPS-enabled Android tablets! The new equipment will allow commuters to schedule their

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Mexico City’s Bajo Puentes Program Turns Vacant Lots Under Freeways into Prized Public Spaces

Mexico City’s Bajo Puentes Program Turns Vacant Lots Under Freeways into Prized Public Spaces

Photo by Ian Sane As one of the world's largest megacities, Mexico City's skyrocketing real estate prices can pose a challenge to the creation of public space. Fortunately, city planners have come up

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Jensen Architects’ Green “SHED” Takes Modern Grange Ideals to New Heights

Jensen Architects’ Green “SHED” Takes Modern Grange Ideals to New Heights

The SHED is designed as a Butler building, which is a pre-engineered metal building that is very familiar in the agricultural landscape. This large metal building houses two stories of flexible space for

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Dubai’s First Farmers Market Offers Local Produce Near the World’s Tallest Building

Dubai’s First Farmers Market Offers Local Produce Near the World’s Tallest Building

Burj Khalifa photo from Shutterstock It's not news that the locally grown produce movement is spreading around the world. However farm-to-table lovers in Dubai have not been able to enjoy the same

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Olalquiaga Arquitectos Unveils Social Housing Complex for Eco-Boulevard Near Madrid

Olalquiaga Arquitectos Unveils Social Housing Complex for Eco-Boulevard Near Madrid

The Eco-Boulevard, designed by Ecosistema Urbano, is located in the Vallecas suburb just outside of Madrid, Spain. Olalquiaga Arquitectos's design for this 13,773 square meter site was based on the ideal

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Brilliant Compost Program Trades Food Waste for Fresh Produce

Brilliant Compost Program Trades Food Waste for Fresh Produce

What if you could trade your discarded food waste for fresh new fruits and veggies? That's the idea behind Hello Compost - a service that offers fresh produce in exchange for compost in working class New

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The Mobile Bread House Brings Baking to Communities

The Mobile Bread House Brings Baking to Communities

One of the most basic and ancient forms of human technology, bread is the result of generations of humans transforming the elements of water, flour, and salt. A food that transcends race, creed, and

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Powell River Library by Miller Hull to Become Social, Cultural Hub for Canadian Town

Powell River Library by Miller Hull to Become Social, Cultural Hub for Canadian Town

Miller Hull's Powell River Library is located on a previously developed site on the edge of the Strait of Georgia. The design grows from a simple rectilinear programmatic form, and it responds to the

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Carnival-Goers in Brazil Exchange Empty Beer Cans for a Free Train Ride Home

Carnival-Goers in Brazil Exchange Empty Beer Cans for a Free Train Ride Home

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's largest public celebrations, featuring nearly 2 million costumed party goers, an extravagant parade, and of course, lots of alcohol consumption. The

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Low-budget School in Africa is Made from Earth Bricks Fabricated On Site

Low-budget School in Africa is Made from Earth Bricks Fabricated On Site

The new school replaces an old one on the same site and is attended by kids from three villages in the area. Completely made from compressed earth blocks with a layer of waterproof cement, the shelters

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Piet Hein Eek Creates an Art Gallery from Recycled Materials in Eindhoven

Piet Hein Eek Creates an Art Gallery from Recycled Materials in Eindhoven

Tucked under a busy highway in Eindhoven’s Strijp-S area is a wonderful new space that was created by local designer Piet Hein Eek and directed by the “Drenthe Village Angels.” The space, which was

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Mobile Wooden Foosball Table Raises Funds to Help Support Youth Activities in Africa

Mobile Wooden Foosball Table Raises Funds to Help Support Youth Activities in Africa

This fantastic wooden Foosball table, Afrika Kicker, is a socially-motivated, mobile concept that raises money to help support youth activities in South Africa and Rwanda. Created by Misereor, the table

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Felipe Carrelli Turns Abandoned Cars into Public Art in São Paulo

Felipe Carrelli Turns Abandoned Cars into Public Art in São Paulo

Carrelli came up with the idea to clean, paint and put some plants in the car, turning it from a dump into a work of art and a beautiful garden. He shared this idea with friends Tobias Rodil and Thiago

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LIFESAVER Jerrycans Literally Save Lives with 5 Gallons of Pure Drinking Water

LIFESAVER Jerrycans Literally Save Lives with 5 Gallons of Pure Drinking Water

Gizmag reports that the LIFESAVER Jerrycan eliminates 99.999995 percent of bacteria and 99.999 percent of viruses is contaminated water, making it a fantastic solution for people who live in areas that

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Building Trust International Announces Winners of Competition for Sustainable Low-Income Housing in Cambodia

Building Trust International Announces Winners of Competition for Sustainable Low-Income Housing in Cambodia

Building Trust International’s competition called for entrants to design homes that could withstand flooding and offer a safe and secure home for low income families – all for the price of $2,000.

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21-Piece Swing Set “Orchestra” Emits Music and Light as Passersby Play!

21-Piece Swing Set “Orchestra” Emits Music and Light as Passersby Play!

21 Balançoires (21 Swings) from Daily Tous Les Jours on Vimeo. Local collective Daily Tous Les Jours created this unique interactive space for people to exercise and meet others - and they're rewarded

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Gates Foundation Offers $100,000 For Next Generation Condom Design

Gates Foundation Offers $100,000 For Next Generation Condom Design

Last year, the Gates Foundation held a competition to redesign the toilet. Turning its sights from sanitation to overpopulation, the nonprofit has now announced a challenge to reinvent the condom. By way

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Rotterdam Citizens Crowdfund Fantastic Wooden Luchtsingel Footbridge

Rotterdam Citizens Crowdfund Fantastic Wooden Luchtsingel Footbridge

The new crowdfunded bridge will connect the Hofplein area with the Northern district of Rotterdam. The original schedule was to fully complete the project in 30 years time, but the founders decided to

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Public Coffee is a Mobile Coffee Shop That Wants to Bring Communities Together

Public Coffee is a Mobile Coffee Shop That Wants to Bring Communities Together

In Europe, the original coffeehouses were created to serve people coffee and provide a place for them to enjoy their drinks. As the coffeehouse evolved, it became an open center for thinkers and

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Soccket: Amazing Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Launches on Kickstarter!

Soccket: Amazing Energy-Generating Soccer Ball Launches on Kickstarter!

Designed and assembled in the U.S., Soccket uses Uncharted Play’s patent-pending mechanism that captures and stores the kinetic power generated through kicking the ball. The small pendulum inside the

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‘Ffrash’ is Furniture Made from Trash by Former Street Children from Jakarta

‘Ffrash’ is Furniture Made from Trash by Former Street Children from Jakarta

Designers at Studio Ooms have been working on a fantastic social project in Indonesia that helps to lift people out of poverty while creating great recycled products. So far, the team has spent five weeks

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architect Charles Newman About 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architect Charles Newman About 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa

What started as the 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa concept just a few months ago is now an actual built computer learning center and library thanks to architect Charles Newman and the

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Scrapped Ambulance Transformed into Inspiring Playground for Disabled Children in Malawi

Scrapped Ambulance Transformed into Inspiring Playground for Disabled Children in Malawi

After clearing the small plot of land adjacent to the hospital, van Baarsen and van Hoeckel livened the space up with some recycled materials turned into an inspiring pseudo hospital. In addition to the

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Artist Tadashi Kawamata Stacks Hundreds of Chairs Into a 20-Foot-High Sculpture

Artist Tadashi Kawamata Stacks Hundreds of Chairs Into a 20-Foot-High Sculpture

Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Kawamata has been featured in important international events from a very young age. He creates smashing art installations using scrap materials and repurposed objects like

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Villagers in the Philippines Build a Gorgeous New Bridge from Bamboo

Villagers in the Philippines Build a Gorgeous New Bridge from Bamboo

To build the Matina River’s footbridge the volunteers selected Dendrocalamus asper bamboo, which grows around the city’s outskirts. After bringing the fast-growing canes on site, they treated the

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Could Changes in School Design Prevent Future Attacks?

Could Changes in School Design Prevent Future Attacks?

Since the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings a few weeks ago, there have been extensive public debates on gun control issues and violent content affecting the mental health of young people. Many are

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Kiki & Joost Design a 23-foot Tall Mirador for People Watching

Kiki & Joost Design a 23-foot Tall Mirador for People Watching

Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk graduated from the Design Academy of Eindhoven and now share a studio in Strijp. They craft all sorts of wonderful lamps, cabinets, textiles, and ceramics for brands

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GravityLight Is a Cheap, Green Weight-Powered Alternative to Solar Lamps

GravityLight Is a Cheap, Green Weight-Powered Alternative to Solar Lamps

London-based designers Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves — from Therefore.com – spent four years developing a light that would provide a viable alternative to kerosene and sun-powered lamps for

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