Congratulations to Kelsey Conroy for receiving an Honorable Mention in the 2013 ASID National Design Competition, “RePurpose for Today”. View Kelsey’s entry titled “Pause for the Pulse” on the competition website.
The Pause for the Pulse PayPhone Project proposes torecommission payphone booths on New YorkCity sidewalks as donationand recycling centers forunused cell phones. Recycled oil barrels act as cartridges to the technology receptacles that are easily removed, replaced, and transported. The actual booths host mobile charging stations for New York City pedestrians, solar panels for energy reduction, and interactive touch screen displays that promote awareness and literature on e-waste. The booths are also connected to a secure network that allows users to attach a video message to their donation, to view messages from donors, and to see where phones have gone and will go. The project also conceptualizes that each booth could act as a video host for schools around to the world to connect with to “visit” different cities via Skype. If nothing else, the project aims to develop a global dialogue about the growing technology gap and the devastating results of e-waste.