Finalists

2017

KTK-BELT Vertical University Project
2017 Finalist

KTK-BELT’s Vertical University Project approaches conservation and education in Nepal, the most vertical country in the world, through the design of a “Vertical University” comprising cooperatively owned “Learning Grounds” at various altitudes in distinct ecological areas.

Martin Pena Community Land Trust
2017 Finalist

Fideicomiso de la Tierra del Caño Martín Peña (in English, Martín Peña Channel Community Land Trust) has designed the ENLACE project to address a variety of pressing needs in this poor, underserved, historically disenfranchised “informal” community near the center of San Juan.

Net-Works
2017 Finalist

The renowned, groundbreaking, eco-conscious carpet company, Interface, wanted to source recycled material in a way that would benefit communities and the environment. The Zoological Society of London wanted to develop a model of community-based conservation that would be self-funding, empowering, and bring immediate benefits to local people. The resulting public-private partnership is Net-Works.

OpenAQ
2017 Finalist

OpenAQ fosters a far-flung series of grassroots networks that fight “air inequality” by building and using the only global, real-time, and historical, open-air quality data platform in the world, aggregating data from, so far, 47 countries and more than 5,400 ground stations.

Sistema Biobolsa
2017 Finalist

Sistema Biobolsa permits small farms, rural communities, and urban settlements to convert organic waste into renewable energy and organic fertilizer. Based on a biomimetic model that originated in the early-20th century, Sistema Biobolsa has re-designed the common bio-digester to provide a state-of-the-art, robust system.

2016

CommuniTree by Taking Root
2016 Finalist

CommuniTree is a simple but practical, well-executed approach to tackling three interlinked problems: deforestation, climate change, and poverty. The project ingenuously connects the dots around CO2 reduction and the generation of sustainable, local economies.

Cooperación Comunitaria
2016 Finalist

Cooperación Comunitaria has envisioned and is implementing a comprehensive model to radically improve these marginalized populations' living conditions by working with communities to rebuild their homes.

The Urban Death Project
2016 Finalist

The Urban Death Project (UDP) has designed a scalable, regenerative death care model based on the natural process of decomposition. In the Recomposition centers that the UDP envisions, bodies and forest waste are composted and transformed into soil.

Una Hakika by the Sentinel Project
2016 Finalist

The Sentinel Project has developed Una Hakika: a hybrid of communications technology, social insight, and beneficial use of social media. The project leverages both online and offline “informational architecture” to de-escalate conflict.

Waterbank Schools by PITCHAfrica
2016 Finalist

PITCHAfrica identifies the need for water as a critical global problem, and transforms community dynamics by offering an elegantly simple solution. In a nested way, this design intervention is at once a social, educational, medical, environmental, and economic intervention.

Algae Systems

Inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s assertion that “pollution is nothing but resources we’re not harvesting,” Algae Systems uses a closed-loop, systemic approach to generate value from wastewater, providing a crucial, economically and environmentally sustainable service.