Canada-based International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) said this week that the World Design Impact Prize 2013/2014 has shortlisted seven projects out of the 26 nominees revealed back in September.
The shortlisted projects are:
• ABC Syringe: David Swann (India and beyond)
A simple colour changing label fixed to syringes indicating if it has been used when removed from its packaging. This innovation provides a solution to one of the priorities of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
• Biolite Homestove: Jonathan Cedar (USA and India)
An award winning cookstove design using fan technology to reduce smoke and greenhouse gas emissions, while charging USB devices with its waste heat energy.
• Family by Family: Families in Marion and Playford and the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (Australia)
A unique service that facilitates the creation of a support network for families by training and matching families who are struggling with similar issues, such as substance abuse, domestic violence, living with disability, among others.
• The Ladoo Project : Jaskeerat Bedi and Anisha Shankar (India)
Re-imagining a traditional dessert into a healthy high nutrient snack that can help children reach the recommended caloric intake without disrupting their diets.
• Leveraged Freedom Chair: Jake Childs (USA and beyond)
A wheelchair that navigates rough terrain as easily as paved surfaces. It is intended for individuals in countries where infrastructure such as sidewalks and roads are not present.
• The Potty Project: Julia King (India)
A participatory research and citizen engagement project that brings centralised, ecological sanitation infrastructure to housing projects in India that are not serviced by the government.
• Refugee Housing Unit: Dennis Kanter (Sweden)
This United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) pilot project creates non-permanent, longer lasting then tents, modular and adaptable structures for internationally displaced victims.
The World Design Impact Prize is a biennial award that builds on ICSID’s vision of ‘designing for a better world’ as it aims to promote industrial design driven projects that emphasise best practices, push the boundaries of industrial design, are socially responsible and generate a positive impact on quality of life.
The finalists will be announced on 27 January 2014 and the winner will be revealed in February 2014 in Cape Town (South Africa) at the World Design Capital International Design Gala.