Renew Australia works with communities and property owners to let artists or enterprises use empty shops, offices and public buildings. Its a win win. The owners get a temporary tenant, insurance and it catalyses ideas creative projects and community initiatives. Built on the successful Renew Newcastle, its an idea for the times.Lots of examples from Burnie and Wollongong to Toowoomba. https://www.renewaustralia.org/
South Korean designer Haneul Kim has collected thousands of used disposable face masks from his university campus and recycled them to create a stackable stool.
Called Stack and Stack, the project hopes to set an example for how the 129 billion single-use face-masks that the world goes through every month during the coronavirus pandemic can be diverted from ending up in landfill and in our oceans.
A collection of bright pink seesaws allowed people to interact over the US-Mexico border, won the prestigious Design of the Year award, with its creators saying they hoped the work encourages people to build bridges between communities.
The artwork was put up on July 28, 2019, and removed from the politically charged border barrier after less than an hour. The Design Museum named the project as the overall winner of the Beazley Designs of the Year competition for 2020, having considered 74 projects by designers from around the world. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-20/pink-seesaws-us-mexico-border-wall-win-uk-beazley-design-award/13072818