High Line New York

Problem to be solved: Eco-Friendly Architecture

By using a decade’s old elevated steel railroad track as a canvas, historical preservation and
great architecture can turn around an industrial wasteland. The imaginative landscaping and
creative architecture, creates a unique aesthetic that combines cold industrial steel with the
warmth of lush greenery via immaculately designed gardens to create a harmonious balance.


The parks resurgence has also infused life into the neighboring communities, what was once
empty old warehouses have given way to shops and even fashion studios. The success of the
park has inspired other cities to look at urban renewal as an option, as opposed to demolishing
old infrastructure.

Designer: James Corner Field Operations & Diller Scofidio + Renfro
URL: The Highline
Country: USA
Year: 2015

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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
URL: ideas-box.org
Country: USA
Year: 2006

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