Clive Sinclair's compact electric A-bike, which surpassed its crowdfunding target on Kickstarter after just two days




Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has evolved in the past year to become a powerful tool for financing architecture and infrastructure projects. This new route to getting large-scale projects off the ground was given a boost when Bjarke Ingels launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a smoke-ring-blowing chimney at a Copenhagen power plant.

Elsewhere on Dezeen, stories about people using the platform to raise funding for new types of bicycle and cycling accessories proved particularly popular. These included a smart compass that points cyclists through the city and a foldable A-bike that claims to be the "world's lightest electric bike".

However there was controversy when a laser razor had to be removed from Kickstarter despite raising $4 million, after it was discovered not to have a working prototype.

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