Ideas Boxed

Problem to be solved: Making Libraries Accessible

Humanitarian crises cause urgent needs for food, shelter and healthcare. At the same time, refugees are deprived of information, culture, education and professional training. The Ideas Box provides the tools to read, write, create and communicate. Each box unfolds to create a customized library and media center, with internet access and its own power source.


Easily transportable, sturdy, and simple to set up, the Ideas Box empowers communities to construct an informed civil society and to pave the way for a self-reliant future. The community ownership of the device and its crucial support in education and child protection are already a certainty.

Designer: UNHCR and the creator Philippe Starck
Country: USA
Year: 2006

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