Maker: Felyx Challenge: Finding a sustainable and affordable solution for people who get to the city by car, as well as a car alternative for city dwellers looking for a complementary mode of transportation. Solution: A citywide electronic scooter sharing system. System users locate and pick up scooters via an app, pay for only the minutes they use, then park the scooter wherever […]
Index provides resources, education, and the world’s largest monetary design prize for sustainable design solutions to global problems.
Maker: Modvion Challenge: According to the USDA Department of Energy, we could triple the amount of energy generated from wind turbines if we increased their height from 80 meters to 14o meters. However, attempts to build at such heights are met with significant barriers when it comes to both transportation, and the cost of construction. Solution: A patented module technology allows sections of the tower to be stacked […]
This article provides a summary of the top ten sustainable sustainable architecture and ecological design projects for 2016, selected by American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE). The list selections can also be viewed here: http://www.aiatopten.org
Every design decision you make— deliberate or not— has the potential to exclude a group of people. Whether it’s on the basis of physical ability, cognitive ability, age, gender or culture. And we can all be excluded. Enter Inclusive Design. Defined in 2000 by the UK Government, Inclusive Design is “products, services and environments that include the needs […]
MAKER: BRIGHT CHALLENGE: According to BRIGHT, there are about “1,3 billion people living without access to electricity in Africa, Asia and South America.” A number which includes millions of refugees and displaced communities. SOLUTION: BRIGHT’s solar LED lamps, SunBell and SunTurtle, are designed to fulfill the universal human need for light. They feature rechargeable batteries that can […]