That’s proven by the finalists from our 2014 Innovation by Design competition, chosen from 1,587 boundary-pushing entries. All are listed here, and category winners will be announced at our conference in New York on October 15. Learn more at fastcodesign.com/ibd.
By Caleb Harper (MIT Media Lab)
CityFarm lets you grow pounds of produce in a month in what’s essentially a glorified closet. Open-source software calibrates light levels, humidity, temperature, and pH to create an easily replicable, soil-free urban farm.
By BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)
This school gym is underground–which lowers indoor temperatures–and creates a new student hangout on the hilly courtyard of a roof.
By Jonas Dahlberg Studio
Norway’s Utøya island will be cleaved in half, to commemorate the 2011 massacre there. From an underground station, visitors will see victims’ names inscribed on the other side.
By the L.A. Department of Transportation
The LADOT’s kits for pop-up parks let communities create pedestrian plazas, mini parks, and bike racks without navigating a bureaucratic labyrinth.
This free, public device-charging station features plugs for a variety of mobile devices, topped by three-electricity-generating solar panels.