social design

Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

In developing countries that lack electricity or the funds to buy expensive machines, taking care of laundry the old-fashioned way requires an enormous amount of time and effort.  That's why Alex Cabunoc

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Self-Cleaning ‘Cyclean’ Handle Could Drastically Reduce the Ick Factor of Public Trains and Buses

Self-Cleaning ‘Cyclean’ Handle Could Drastically Reduce the Ick Factor of Public Trains and Buses

Throngs of people use public transportation every day in urban centers, and touching the handles or straps on buses and trains can expose you to a myriad of germs. To combat this problem, a group of young

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Create Community Through Quality Public Spaces

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Create Community Through Quality Public Spaces

Here at Inhabitat we often focus on specific buildings - but the urban fabric that connects people and places is equally important. Well thought-out public spaces can create a sense of community, raise

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“A Liter of Light” Aims to Illuminate 1 Million Homes With Plastic Solar Bottle Bulbs

“A Liter of Light” Aims to Illuminate 1 Million Homes With Plastic Solar Bottle Bulbs

Just one project under the My Shelter Foundation's good deeds, A Liter of Light uses simple technology originally conceived by Alfredo Moser from Brazil and modified by MIT students for the Philippines to

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Buy One of These Fabulous ‘Stax’ Shelves on Kickstarter to Help Support Studio H’s Eighth Graders!

Buy One of These Fabulous ‘Stax’ Shelves on Kickstarter to Help Support Studio H’s Eighth Graders!

An initiative of the nonprofit Project H Design, Studio H is a design/build class for middle and high school students based in the Realm Charter School in Berkeley, CA. Studio H students are given the

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Portable BRCK Router Could Revolutionize Internet Connectivity in Africa

Portable BRCK Router Could Revolutionize Internet Connectivity in Africa

At the recent Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, Kenyan technology firm Ushahidi unveiled a lightweight and portable internet router designed to work anywhere in the world - even in places with

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

Mother Nature doesn’t give her information for free. Her minions cloud their enemies’ judgement with devilish deception, and make plain the truth for their friends. Birds flock and fish school,

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VIDEO: Added Value Empowers New York’s Youth With Urban Farming

VIDEO: Added Value Empowers New York’s Youth With Urban Farming

Urban farming is on the rise across the globe; people all over are bringing their food source closer to their doorstep by farming in abandoned lots and on empty rooftops. Ian Marvy, the Executive Director

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Wecyclers Launch Bicycle-Powered Recycling Service in Lagos

Wecyclers Launch Bicycle-Powered Recycling Service in Lagos

Nigeria's most populous city, Lagos is facing a major waste management crisis that threatens to crush its skyrocketing population under a heap of health and environmental problems. The overburdened

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Curvy Canoe-Inspired Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium Offers a Retreat for Australian Youth

Curvy Canoe-Inspired Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium Offers a Retreat for Australian Youth

Built to accommodate a wide array of indoor activities from basketball to dance performances, the sports hall consists of a robust steel frame fitted with an acoustic slotted plywood ceiling. The rounded

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Clever Backpack and Tent Hybrid Shelters Nomads and Homeless People

Clever Backpack and Tent Hybrid Shelters Nomads and Homeless People

Urban Rough Sleepers is the perfect for those who want to hit the road and leave their busy lives behind them. A designer and a journalist, Ragnhild Lübbert Terpling took inspiration from the real world

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Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

The 2014 edition of the Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition, which will take place in Copenhagen this year, is officially open for submissions. The international design competition seeks to

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Guerrilla Designers Upgrade Parisian Streets with Pop-Up Furniture Made from Trash [PHOTOS]

Guerrilla Designers Upgrade Parisian Streets with Pop-Up Furniture Made from Trash [PHOTOS]

© Michael DePasquale  Chapitre Zero started early last year when a group of Paris-based designer friends, encouraged by Gambi and Rizzi, decided to make use of found scrap materials. They first

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OMA Wins Competition to Design Firm’s First Bridge in Bordeaux, France

OMA Wins Competition to Design Firm’s First Bridge in Bordeaux, France

The 144=foot-wide Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc Bridge will be the sixth bridge to cross the river Garonne, and the first one by OMA. The project is a joint effort between OMA, engineers WSP, landscape

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Wonderful Eco Homes for the Indigenous Mapuche People Pop Up in Chile

Wonderful Eco Homes for the Indigenous Mapuche People Pop Up in Chile

Located in Huechuraba, Santiago, the 25 built Ruca homes are part of a grand social housing complex. Made from bricks, concrete and local pine, the houses' natural facades were built from horizontal

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10 Landscape Design Projects That Turn Damaged and Neglected Spaces Into Healthy, Beautiful Environments

10 Landscape Design Projects That Turn Damaged and Neglected Spaces Into Healthy, Beautiful Environments

The High Line Park in NYC. Photo by Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat Landscape architects frequently work to transform areas that contain industrial and toxic waste, infrastructure no longer in use, or

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MODU’s Outdoor Room Pavilion Doubles as a Barometer for Beijing’s Air Pollution

MODU’s Outdoor Room Pavilion Doubles as a Barometer for Beijing’s Air Pollution

Constructed of glossy translucent fabric panels, the 5,000 square-foot Outdoor Room captures the change of light and color as polluted air settles on the city. On a clear, sunny day, the bone-white

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X-Men’s Hugh Jackman Funds Global Education With New Laughing Man Coffee

X-Men’s Hugh Jackman Funds Global Education With New Laughing Man Coffee

Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man coffee not only provides a stellar cup of good joe, but also supports struggling communities around the world. Founded in 2011 with his partner David Steingard, Laughing Man

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Japan’s Millennium City Commune Provides an Earth-Friendly Utopia in Gigantic Greenhouses

Japan’s Millennium City Commune Provides an Earth-Friendly Utopia in Gigantic Greenhouses

Japanese architect Hiroshi Iguchi has once again shown us that greenhouses are more than just homes for plants and veggies. To demonstrate how humans can also benefit from spending time in these large

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The Cascade Project Transforms Disused Staircase into Inspiring Urban Space for Hong Kong Residents

The Cascade Project Transforms Disused Staircase into Inspiring Urban Space for Hong Kong Residents

Edge Design Institute has converted an ordinary public stairway in Hong Kong into a striking, socially engaging public area called The Cascade Project. Located in The Centrium, the asymmetric mesh

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Lincoln Reimagine Project Helps Launch Green Pocket Park in San Francisco

Lincoln Reimagine Project Helps Launch Green Pocket Park in San Francisco

Community-driven urban design just scored a big win in San Francisco with a newly announced public-private investment that will transform an underutilized street into a green pocket park. Architecture for

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Shipping Container Social Housing Project is a First for Canada

Shipping Container Social Housing Project is a First for Canada

The shipping container project will have 12 units in a three story building. Although the units' 280-290 square foot layout may seem small, even by city standards, many of the women at Atira have had

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Mobile Mae Sot Bamboo School Pops Up in Thailand to Aid Refugees

Mobile Mae Sot Bamboo School Pops Up in Thailand to Aid Refugees

Located in the town of Mae Sot, MOVING Schools 001 was created through the joint effort of architecture professionals, a social enterprise, volunteers from around the world, kids and adults. This diverse

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Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless

Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless

The UN and the World Health Organization define access to water and sanitation as a basic human right, yet many homeless go without. In San Francisco alone, there are 16 public showers for the 3,100+ men,

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From DIY Bikes to 3D-Printed Guns: Adhocracy is a Cultural Revolution in Making at the London Design Festival

From DIY Bikes to 3D-Printed Guns: Adhocracy is a Cultural Revolution in Making at the London Design Festival

The Adhocracy exhibition features products and concepts that show the wide range of developments in this new industrial revolution - from digital fabrication to open design to distributed manufacturing.

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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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