A collection of inspiring design-driven initiatives currently being implemented in communities around the world

Designing good mental health into cities: the next frontier for urban design

Layla McCay, the Director of Centre for Urban Design and Mental health, explains the reasons that city-dwellers are at greater risk of mental health problems and shows how urban design can support better mental health. Part of achieving thriving, resilient, sustainable cities is ensuring that citizens can realise their potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to their community

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Omnipod, an insulin delivery system designed by Continuum and Insulet.

This new system helps patients better manage their diabetes. It comprises of a disposable insulin patch with a miniaturized pump mechanism, and a remote “Personal Diabetes Manager” (PDM). Specifically designed with young users in mind, it’s wireless and tube-free without the discomfort and inconvenience of most insulin pumps. This first FDA-approved, wireless, tube-free insulin pump has received awards like the IDSA Gold Medal. It has recently launched a blog dedicated to highlighting success stories of users, PodderTalk

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Phillips Children’s Automated Respiratory Rate Monitor (ChARM) in Kenya

The Philips Africa Innovation Hub in Kenya and Philips Research in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, have developed a Children’s Automated Respiration Monitor. The system is designed to automatically detect if a child has fast breathing by placing it on his chest through a smart sensing technology. This system was originally designed in 2015 for combating childhood pneumonia in low-resource countries. It has been on clinical trial in several countries since then

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Helsinki Smart region is a pioneer in smart well-being solutions.

The City of Helsinki is conducting a pilot project to offer innovative healthcare solutions together with businesses and third sector organizations. The Agile Piloting program has started in the district of Kalasatama with a pioneering pilot called HealthSkills. It combined an activity application developed by professional coaching software company Coach4Pro and the coaching services of Kisakallio Sports Institute. The HealthSkills pilot provided 20 participants with tools for an active life through the digital coaching application and group meetings with a wellness mentor. More information on upcoming pilots can be found here

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4 ways in which 3d printing is revolutionizing the healthcare industry

A techcrunch article that provides examples of ways in which 3D printing is already revolutionizing the healthcare industry: personalized prosthetics custom-tailored for each individual user and bioprinting and tissue engineering, a new technology that could  eventually do away with the need for human organ transplants

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A man-made skin graft that helps burn victims heal

By combining collagen skin grafts with healthy skin cells, two MIT researchers – Dennis Orgill and Ioannis Yannas – created a scaffold that heals burn victims faster.  The process consists in infusing healthy cells with a man-made skin graft to restore the injury much more effectively.In essence, they are working on technology that acts like living tissue. This project was curated by Design Indaba

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Zipline, the world’s first national drone blood delivery service

In October of 2016, Zipline and the Government of Rwanda launched the world’s first national drone delivery service to make on-demand emergency blood deliveries to transfusion clinics across the country. Since then,  Zipline has flown more than 100 000 kilometres in Rwanda, delivering 2600 units of blood over 1400 flights. Zipline plan to revolutionise the way healthcare supplies are delivered to remote and impoverished areas with this design. The drone overcomes the challenges in terrain and gaps in infrastructure that plague healthcare practices. In 2017, the company set up shop in Tanzania to expand their reach in central Africa even further. This project was curated by Design Indaba

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Super Heroic dad designs quality footwear for children

Jason Mayden left his designer position at Nike to take care of his son who faced medical challenges. He decided to use his creative talents to help him heal, both emotionally and physically. Eventually, he launched a mission-driven business focused on providing quality play-performance footwear, apparel, and technology for children. He is attending the 2018 99U Conference conference taking place from 9-11 May in New York City on the theme of overcoming creative challenges

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From solar torches to bioloos: five frugal innovations from around the world

As the Independent notes it, not everyone wants to send rockets into space and some design innovations are driven by effective purposes. The article presents examples such as Banka BioLoo. In response to India’s often-limited sanitation facilities – with 626 million people practicing open defecation, these bioloos tackle the lack of secure, dignified and eco-friendly places to go to the toilet in some areas of India. The bioloos treat human waste with bacterial cultures, meaning off-site disposal and treatment of excrement is not required. They can be found in 20 states across India, in everything from trains and schools to communities and hospitals

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BubbleBox, a mobile hygiene unit for migrants

BubbleBox was created by a team of students from Harvard, Paris Centre for Research and Interdisciplinary and SciencesPo as part of the Biopolis, a summer school program in Paris that combines biology, urbanism, and social innovation. This mobile hygiene module provides free access to showers and washing machines. Here is how it works: solar energy heats the water and ventilates the unit, and “shower loop” filtration technology recycles 90 percent of that water. The team hopes to make BubbleBox financially sustainable by renting similar units to music festivals but the initial purpose is to provide migrants and refugees with basic hygiene in the context of the current humanitarian crisis

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Mobiles and Health: Winds of Change

Mobile phones have been used in a wide range of health information and services, in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which seek to improve the social, economic and general well-being of people and the planet we live on. mHealth can generate efficiencies and cost savings, and is seen as a solution for major health system challenges in emerging economies

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Workspace furniture, ergonomics and well-being

Design Middle East had yet another exciting round of discussion on workspace furniture-current market trends, competition, satisfying customer’s demands, and how the brands are sustaining despite the innumerable inexpensive duplicate products coming into the market

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RICS Summit Africa, 31 May 2018

High-level speakers from leading organisations will advance the debate on how built environment professionals can contribute to key issues such as inclusive growth and sustainable development in Africa; they will analyse what role city leaders, innovators and businesses should play in finding sustainable solutions to the continent’s power deficit and how new technologies can impact

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Smart Design for the Future – Trending in Sustainable Design

As hospitality designers, Hospitality Trendz analyze the latest emerging trends and lifestyles associated with socio-demographic changes. Mindful of these events, future trends have become more complex to predict. However, it is clear that our world—and, therefore, future generations— requires us to take urgent action

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Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designs for Dassault Systèmes

Held together with 3D printed joints and utilizing high-tech The Breath fabric, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s “breath/ng” origami-like sculpture captures air pollution

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Recent Carleton University graduate Caroline Smeenk on design for maternal care

The research is a thorough analysis of how design of new products or services can help women diagnosed with preeclampsia in rural communities, and what challenges may be presented. The goal is to identify solutions to improve the accessibility of diagnosis and monitoring of preeclampsia for women in rural and remote communities

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Aspect Imaging, in partnership with frog design, has created a new MRI machine

“It’s baby-centered design,” says James Luther, a designer at frog who was the creative director for Aspect Imaging’s Embrace Neonatal MRI. “We got to be the advocate of the newborn in this case. They don’t have much of a voice.”

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