Jutudi – selected by Aric Chen

Designed by Juhuasan

Launched in March 2014 by Juhuasan, the group-buying site of Chinese internet
giant Alibaba, the Jutudi program is an innovative response to China’s seemingly
endless food safety scandals. City dwellers can hire farmers to grow the produce of
their choice on rented farmland, and have the harvest shipped to them. As such, the
project has the potential to support rural economies while giving peace of mind to
those for whom urban farming isn’t an option.

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Portable Streets – designed by Jaime Lerner Arquitetos Associados

The concept of the portable streets is based on the fact that a large portion of today’s cities exists in informality, and that it is necessary to find ways to integrate the formal and the informal sectors.

Inspired by the bouquinistes of Paris, this piece of urban furniture allows
accommodating street vendors with quality and comfort, adding a new element to
the urban landscape.

We like the flexibility and modularity of this idea. Not only do the portable streets
offer potential for boosting local economies and connecting communities, we also
think the sleeping pod elements offer great potential as a temporary housing


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Flyknit – selected by Aric Chen

Designed by Nike

Nike’s Flyknit sneakers tick all the boxes: performance, technology, improved
sustainability. Their knitted uppers conform to the body to offer better support,
while the manufacturing process reduces waste; the yarns are partly recycled, and
knitting them produces less leftover material than cutting fabric, to say nothing of
greater possibilities in colorways, patterns and customisation.



Faso Soap – selected by Ravi Naidoo

Designed by Moctar Dembele and Gérard Niyondiko

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about half of the world’s
population is still at risk of contracting malaria. Moctar Dembele and Gérard
Niyondiko, two students from 2iE Foundation, have found an innovating solution –
Faso soap an antibacterial and anti-mosquito soaps made with 100% local
resources. The Faso Soap is made from different ingredients, including herbs, shea
butter, and essential oils of lemongrass as well as their own secret ingredients. The
“soap of Faso”, offers an innovative solution for the prevention of malaria.


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Roadless Wheel – selected by Ravi Naidoo

Designed by Ackeem Ngwenya, Roadless Ltd

The Roadless wheel system is Malawian designer Ackeem Ngwenya’s graduate
project for his studies in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art
and Imperial College London. Ngwenya has designed a wheel that adapts to
different terrain conditions typically found in rural areas. The design addresses the
difficulties locals experience moving goods, accessing markets and making a living.
The wheel works on the same principle as a scissor jack that you might have in your
car: as you crank the central hub up and down, the wheels expand. The Roadless
Project takes the absence of basic infrastructure and services as a playground for
creativity and innovation.



Seyan car – selected by Sarah Miller

Designed by Henri Peugeot

How could you not be seduced by a car designed by someone called Peugeot? This
concept car is an alternative mobility car comprises two vehicles – a small
wheelchair-sized design emerges from a compact city car. Great for the mobilityimpaired
to get about a city.

Earlier this year, the Seyan car received the TSB Innovation for Living Award.




St Luke’s Church of England Primary School, Wolverhampton – Selected by Lady Frances Sorrell

Designed by Architype

School design can enhance the experience young people have at school and teach
them about their environment too. This school, designed by Architype, embodies a
new way of teaching and learning and was the first primary school to achieve
BREEAM ‘excellent’ in the UK.

BREEAM is the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating
system for buildings, and being the first primary school building to achieve the
Excellent standard is a great achievement.


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Makoko floating school, Nigeria – selected by Sarah Miller

Designed by NLÉ

This prototype floating structure, built for the water community of Makoko in Lagos, Nigeria, is a pilot project that has taken an innovative approach to address the community’s social and physical needs in view of the impact of climate change and a rapidly urbanizing African context. Its main aim is to generate a sustainable, ecological, alternative building system and urban water culture for the teeming population of Africa’s coastal regions.


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