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TED Prize Shows Futuristic Promise And Sustainability

TED is a global conference held annually that brings together innovation from people working in the three respective areas of Technology, Entertainment and Design. This year, it was held in Edinburgh and the $100,000 prize went to an idea rather than a person.

The idea has been called “City 2.0,” and it consists of ten projects that are aimed at improving cities. There are have been five winners so far (with the rest to be announced in Autumn) who have inspiring projects relating to urban transformation.

The UK winners, Alastair Parvin & Nick Lerodiaconou hail from London, and their entry is based around the idea of a ‘Wikihouse.’

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The two designers set out to create a blueprint that would facilitate everyday people to create and live in their own homes, making use of open sourced designs along with materials that have been locally sourced. “For too long, cities have been made by the 1% and consumed by the 99%. We wanted to see what it would take to create something that would allow the 99% to make cities for the 99%.” Says Parvin.

Once they created this blueprint, they posted the designs along with instructions on how to assemble the homes in the hope that normal, everyday people would utilise their idea. They also encouraged others to come up with their own ideas, and since then, five prototypes have been created, in places as far-reaching as Korea and Brazil.

The TED prize fund is said to be increased in 2013 from $100,000 to a massive $1m, giving an even greater incentive to those dedicated to making the world a smarter, better place through technologies. The City 2.0 project is a brilliant example of how people can pool together ideas and give power to the masses to create and sustain their own future.

For more information on City 2.0, visit their website.