Designers Challenged To Reinvent NYC Payphones [Pics]

Designers Challenged To Reinvent NYC Payphones [Pics]

Designers created prototypes that imagined the future of the city's 11,000 public pay telephones.

Emma Hutchings
  • 7 march 2013

The winning prototypes from the ‘Reinvent Payphones’ design challenge have been announced. The competition gave designers the opportunity to reimagine uses for New York City’s 11,000 public payphones. Since most people carry cell phones, their intended use has become outdated, so the challenge was to create new uses for the structure that would better serve current needs.

The winners were selected earlier this week at Quirky with six entries awarded for best connectivity, creativity, visual design, functionality, and community impact. A sixth prize category, ‘Popular Choice,’ will be decided by public vote through the City of New York’s Facebook Page, where voting runs until March 14th.

Design Challenge Aims To Reinvent The Payphone In NYC [Pics]

Sage and Coombe Architects won the Connectivity Award with ‘NYfi,’ an interactive portal to public info, goods and services, a hub for free wireless internet access, and an open infrastructure for future apps.

Design Challenge Aims To Reinvent The Payphone In NYC [Pics]

FXFOWLE’s ‘NYC Loop’ was awarded the Creativity Award. It combines a contemporary payphone with a uniquely tailored public space that can be chosen to suit New York’s diverse communities.

Design Challenge Aims To Reinvent The Payphone In NYC [Pics]

‘Beacon’ by frog design won the Visual Design Award. It features LED screens for digital signage, local advertising, community message boards and telephone functionality, and is controlled by voice and gestures.

Design Challenge Aims To Reinvent The Payphone In NYC [Pics]

Control Group and Titan’s ‘NYC I/O: The Responsive City’ (which provides open access to real-time data and a distribution platform for community, civic, arts and commercial apps) and ‘Windchimes’ (a sensor network providing real-time and hyper-local records of the city’s rain levels, pollution and other environmental conditions) by NYU ITP, Cooper Union, Parsons were tied for the Community Impact Award.

Design Challenge Aims To Reinvent The Payphone In NYC [Pics]

‘Smart Sidewalks’ by Syracuse University, UC Davis, Parsons, Rama Chorpash Design LLC, Cheng+Snyder was awarded the Functionality Award. These programmable LED sidewalks would create a new way of navigating the city. Click through to see images of all the winning ideas:

NYC Digital


Fitness Advocate: Paving The Future of Workouts With Audio

Fitness & Sport
Advertising Today

A Compelling Brand Purpose Is Never Born In The Boardroom

Strategist and Designer Anna-Rae Morris discusses why all brands must exist to serve a purpose in order to communicate effectively

Retail Today

Creative Leadership Expert: Experiencing A Seismic Shift From Brand Loyalty To Interface Loyalty

Marc Shillum, founder of Chief Creative Office, explains why product designers must rethink the way they capture consumer attention


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Fitness & Sport Today

Editorial Roundtable: The Xs And Os Of Performance-Enhanced Sports

WHOOP, ShotTracker, Rithmio, PlaySight, STYR Labs, EverybodyFights and Lift / Next Level Floats explain that we're only at the iceberg's tip of performance enhancement

Technology Today

Microsoft’s New E-Paper Sticky Note Runs On Ambient Light

Researchers have developed the first e-ink display powered entirely by office bulbs

Sustainability Today

Modern Home Created Entirely Out Of Modular Shipping Crates

A project in Ecuador used the ubiquitous material to design a spacious and industrial-chic house

Retail Today

Retail Concept Offers Food Hall Inspired Space For Online Brands

The store will offer a lower cost way for internet entrepreneurs to try physical retailing


Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry

PSFK Op-Ed october 24, 2016

Community Builder: How to Hack Slack

Claire Wasserman, Founder of Ladies Get Paid, describes how she's using an internal team communication tool to build a network of thousands

PSFK Labs Yesterday

The Keys For Exceptional Performance On And Off The Field

PSFK Labs' new report highlights five important insights for businesses to perform better than the competition

Arts & Culture Today

Disney Retells Beauty And The Beast On Snapchat

In a partnership with LACMA, the entertainment platform drew from over 130,000 works in the museum's collection

Automotive Today

Honda Has 3D Printed A Fully Electric Minivan

The car manufacturer partnered with product developer Kabuku to create the small versatile vehicles

Innovation Yesterday

After The Initial Success Of AR Gaming, What Does The Future Hold?

With Pokemon GO earning up to $10m a day, R&D departments are busy searching for the next phase

Arts & Culture Yesterday

The Next Great Art Movement Will Come At The Swipe Of A Finger

An improved app, optimized digital display and monthly art discovery service round out Electric Objects' renewed commitment to democratizing the art world

Media & Publishing Yesterday

A TV Streaming Service Is Designed Just For Kids

Toca TV is a new platform offering thousands of original and curated children's videos for a monthly subscription fee

Travel Yesterday

Bus Stop Transformed Into A Fitness Station For Commuters

Sports drink company Lucozade live-streamed an athletic trainer working out at a stop in Manchester to encourage travelers to get moving

Beauty Yesterday

Shiseido And Microsoft Have Created A Makeup Filter For Women Who Telecommute

The Japanese cosmetic company built an augmented reality app that works alongside Skype for Business

Mobile Yesterday

Samsung Is Using AR To Help Beachgoers Stay Safe

Pocket Patrol utilizes a phone's camera to promote beach safety and educate people about hidden hazards

No search results found.