Orange Social Design Competition: Help Us Pick the Winner!
A trash can as a basketball hoop, a free ride bench for senior citizens: Over 200 proposals to improve life in our cities have been submitted for the Orange Social Design Award -- and 10 of them have made the shortlist. SPIEGEL ONLINE readers can now vote for their favorite idea.
Hitchhiking is one of the oldest ideas of the sharing economy, yet most elderly individuals don't feel entirely comfortable standing on a street corner with their thumb in the air. Still, with so many senior citizens living in homes that are somewhat off the beaten track -- and not serviced by today's inadequate public transportation systems -- there are hardly any other affordable alternatives for traveling downtown.
A jury has now selected 10 submissions for the shortlist, but it's not just up to the jury to decide which design should win.
Voting will continue until Oct. 19. The winner will be announced on SPIEGEL ONLINE and in KulturSPIEGEL, DER SPIEGEL's monthly cultural supplement, on Oct. 27.
Some readers may already be familiar with some of the entries on the shortlist, like the Prinzessinnengärten urban gardening project in Berlin and the public design consulting project in Hamburg. But there were also ideas from further afield, including a proposal from India for mobile quick-assembly huts, and a complex project from the US aimed at identifying vacant lots for community projects. Of course, some simple ideas also made the shortlist: a small basketball court painted on the sidewalk in front of a public trash can, making urban cleanliness a game -- or a game of chance, depending on the players' level of skill.
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