Labour Mall, Labour More

TEAM: Carmen Kwok Kam Man, Hong Kong – Lillian Chung Kwan Yu, Hong Kong – Heather Wong Yin Wah, Hong Kong – Sylvia Yeung, Hong Kong

SELECTED BY: Seetal Solanki – Director and Founder of materials research design studio Ma-tt-er and Visiting Tutor on the Interior Design programme at the Royal College of Art


A new currency for future consumerism

#resourcedepletion #rationing #alternativecurrency #earntoshop #doineedthis?

The project anticipates a dystopian future where rationing would be introduced by authorities as a result of the near depletion of exhaustible resources and raw materials. In this scenario, the project envisions the future of shopping using an alternative currency other than money but the amount of carbon footprint an individual can offset to earn luxuries they wish to “buy”. Controlled portions of daily necessities are distributed and if one wishes to earn goods and other luxuries beyond your controlled portion, one must earn points by generating energy, restricting their carbon footprint to a certain level, or contribute to recycling or other environmental causes to offset the carbon used to produce a certain luxury item. Hence this entry seeks to reflect on the consequences our current consumerist shopping habits, and question what people are willing to “pay” in order to gain something materialistic. This “alternative currency” or point system would fundamentally change the shop space, in which earning and buying is infused in the shop environment, so that every time we wish to purchase something extra, we are somewhat forced to consider the amount of resources used for its production and whether it is essential.


TEAM: Łukasz Modrzejewski, Poland, Politechnika Wrocławska

Selected by: Mariabruna Fabrizi and Fosco Lucarelli – Founders of MICROCITIES and Socks-studio


The future is in your pocket.

#App #Phone #Design #Shopping #All-in-one

Look what you have in your hand. What’s that?
I bet that’s 21st century man’s best friend – a phone.

Through the application we’re free to design everything – from simply outfit to our dream house.
Based on the data gathered from browsing history, cookies, liked Instagram posts or pinned images it assists to make a choice according to our even most subconscious preferences.
Now you don’t have to spent hours wandering around shopping malls, wasting time and energy.  Real-time preview allows you to create, customize and order without leaving home.
With the application, buying will become fast, simple and pleasant while you could use saved time
to develop passions, hobbies or work.

Just grab your phone.



Start changing your life.

Four Step Shop

TEAM: Caitlin Paridy, Canadian, University of Waterloo School of Architecture

SELECTED BY: Carlo Ratti – Director of the MIT Senseable City Lab Founder and Director of Carlo Ratti Associati


Reconnect to the process.

#omniscient #ethical #custom #transparency #connectivity

Over time consumers have become increasingly separate from the origin and development of objects surrounding them; no longer experiencing and appreciating the time and energy involved. Four Step Shop seeks to reverse this, by giving customers the power to create and experience their perfect item. We are filling unloved spaces with a system that gives customers access to how their product is being made, who is creating it, and the impact it has on the system.

Here’s how:

Select your desired object.

View and investigate resource production and factories. Don’t like how they treat their employees or how much greenhouse gases they emit? Compare and select another.

Feel the materials and designs offered via sensory projection. Experience the products and their cost so that you might pick exactly what you need.

Assemble your selections based on your requirements, confirm, and view the total financial, environmental, and societal cost of your product.

But the personalization doesn’t stop here!

PAY using cash, by recycling and donating the equivalent amount, or by working off your footprint with Four Step Shop certified programs based on the total cost.

Reclaim your power as consumers and come experience a new personalized omniscient shopping experience.

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