Once the preserve of independent product designers, crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter are evolving into powerful tools for financing and testing public appetite for architecture and infrastructure projects.
Recent examples include BIG's campaign to raise money for a prototype power plant chimney and a pedestrian bridge described as the "world’s first crowdfunded public infrastructure project". See more crowdfunded projects on Dezeen »
A Japanese inventor has developed the "world's smallest electric car" – an aluminium board with wheels that carries a passenger like a Segway and fits into a backpack (+ movie). More »
British inventor Clive Sinclair has launched a crowdfunding campaign to produce an electric version of his lightweight foldable A-Bike, with wheels that are just 13 centimetres in diameter (+ slideshow). More »
A team of Icelandic designers has launched chocolate protein bars made from powdered crickets. More »
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