The ‘Reinvent Payphones’ program challenged designers to bring a futurist look for the NYC payphones. According to Gothamist, in 2009, there were only four payphones in Manhattan (now there are approximately 11,000 payphones in New York City) and Mayor Bloomberg decided to change that.
After more than 125 submissions, the winners of this design challenge were selected this week. The six last competitors were awarded for best community impact, connectivity, visual design, creativity and functionality. The final winner will be decided by the citizens of New York City through public vote until March 14th. If you one of the last six NYC payphones prototypes if your favorite go to the City of New York’s Facebook Page and vote the category ‘Popular Choice’. The winner will be announced the next day after the vote ends.
The Connectivity award went to Sage and Coombe Architects for the interactive portal, with wi-fi access and apps.
My favorite, NYC Loop design won the Creativity award for a futuristic design, multifunctional that fits on the streets of New York City.
Another amazing design, Beacon, the winner of the Visual Design award shows ads and messages on LED displays and you can use it with your gestures and voice.
Windchimes (Community Impact Award) is an eco-friendly payphone that is able to record pollution levers, rain and weather statistics.
NYC I/O: The Responsive City provides real-time data from news, arts, entertainments and it also features apps.
Which one of the six finalist designs you want to see as a NYC payphones?