Featured Projects

Shelter as a whiteboard

By painting the whole shelter with a special type of paint, will allow everyone to draw on it, using simple eraseable markers.

Dimitar Vranchev

Bus shelter for creators

The old bus shelters are supposed to be redesigned and used by anyone as whiteboards while waiting for the bus.

Old bus shelters

In many neighbourhoods in the city, bus shelters have been left without proper maintainance for decadas. Rusted surfaces, broken benches... they make the area look ugly and pose certain threats for citizens.

Access for all

Eraseable markers are provided at each shelter, as well as sponges. Everyone can impress the people in their neighbourhood with their creations

Reusing the old construction

Instead of building a shelter from scratch, we are planning to reuse the existing structure and simply refurbish it - thus, responsibly reusing what exists in order to protect the environment.

Supported by

682

urbidders

Bench with global goals

That's one small bench in a park, one giant leap for promoting the most important goals for mankind.

Yane Frenski

Bench with global goals

The old benches are painted with the colours and logos of the Sustainable Development Goals. Allowing people to learn more via an AR mobile app.

Old round benches

Those round benches are really nice, but no maintainance have been provided for years and most of them are crooked and look ugly.

Engaging

One cannot put all the information about a complex topic like the SDGs on a banch. But engaging people with an AR mobile app, allows for much more visual and interactive content to be incorporated.

Fit for purpose

The shape of those benches look so close to the circular version of the SDG logo, that it would be a pitty not to use the opportunity to inform people of the importans of the global goals. And of course, this comes with using very little amount of new resources.

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Phone booth for books

Redesigning the phone booth to look like a book, while putting a small door and adding shelves inside- only with the purpose of breathing a new life into it.

Yane Frenski

Phone booth for books

These old phone booths are mostly obsolete nowadays. The idea is to turn those, that are not in use into shelves for exchanging used books.

Old phone booths

Many of the old phone booths are not operational nowadays. Not only that, but some of them are completely broken and pose some threats to the passersby.

Recongnizable design

Our proposal allows for developing a recognizable design for the phone booth, which looks like a book from the side. With this beautiful and unique branding, citizens will have no doubts about the new purpose of the place.

Limited resources

Even broken phone booths could be reused and with small amount of materials, we can create the new design and make sure the booths are in use again. Thus, we are following Urbid's mission of reusing old structures instead of building from scratch in order to protect the environment.

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The engagement trashcan

Broken sidewalk trash containers are replaced with recycable 3D printed ones that engage people via voting on certain trendy topics.

Dimitar Vranchev

The engagement trashcan

Broken sidewalk trash containers are replaced with recycable 3D printed ones that engage people via voting on certain trendy topics.

Easy to replace

Instead of waiting for for a long process to replace the broken ones, the open people-driven process allows the replacement to be completed within a day.

Accessible

Instead of using expensive production facilities, the 3D printed cans could be done in fab labs or at home and target many neighborhoods.

Multipurpose

The provided design could be used in any neighborhood in the city, whithout the need for skilled professionals. The branding and the topic are customizable.

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282

urbidders

About Us

What is Urbid?

Urbid addresses grassroots urban transformation, and environmentally sustainable reuse of existing objects and spaces. It proposes an innovative design and decision-making platform that would enable citizens to identify derelict sites and artefacts in their neighborhoods, start a competition generating proposals for their transformation, and access a variety of funding options.

Due to limited public funds in some regions, the available resources are preferentially allocated towards large infrastructure projects like roads and highways. As a consequence, various urban spaces and objects (bus shelters, underways, etc) are abandoned for decades. This leads not only to poorer condition of the environment, but also affects issues like safety, real estate prices and quality of life. Moreover, there’s a lack of civic agency and initiative in shaping public space.

Urbid aims to empower citizens through a platform enabling initiative and streamlining decision- making in the transformation of derelict urban sites, and introduce alternative sources of funding like private companies, NGOs , advertising and crowdfunding. It also aims to test and map a process of sustainable reuse on urban scale. Encouraging a creative mix of visual arts, product design and outdoor advertising, the platform enables citizens to nominate spaces in their city in need of transformation, and professionals, companies, and citizens are invited to propose a solution for revamping them.

Urbid is founded with a sustainable development mindset. With our innovative vision, we are fully committed to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 11 and 12.

Lets Get In Touch

Contact Urbid

Recreating and repurposing our urban spaces is not an easy job. We will be happy to join forces with everyone, who's ready to support our cause. Please feel free to drop us a line at: info@urbid.org