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++ Nominees Announced ➜ 18 July ++ Register profile for upcoming Awards ➜ How to Enter


Tiange Wang, I-Yang Huang






United States

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»The design of SpaceV is both welcoming and inviting. Coupled with thorough research and analysis across scenarios, environments and users, the project makes a strong case for itself. The award goes to a thoughtful projection of future human needs and designing the technological capabilities to meet them.«

Shruti Ramiah

Three questions to the project team

What was the particular challenge of the project from a UX point of view?
To keep the promise of autonomy and privacy, the unique challenge for this project is to design how it will operate with as little human interference as possible at its scale and complexity. Space is finely divided for diversified purposes that involves both sales of goods and personal occupancy. We felt challenged in designing a system for reservation, management, and wayfinding. This problem is specific to this vision and has no direct precedent. It leads us to discover the possibilities of hybrid digital-physical method, bringing together the best of both worlds for a new experience.

What was your personal highlight in the development process? Was there an aha!-moment, was there a low point?
One of the highlights of this project was discovering that unique value proposition that unites the different aspects of the design across technology, lifestyle, urban experience, and the interaction between digital and physical experiences: SpaceV combines principles from the shared economy, unmanned retail, and digital platforms, creating an innovative 'space-vending' system that commoditizes space usage. An aha-moment in the development was the design of the digital application that enables users to customize their experience by specifying the type of activity, duration, and desired qualities of the space, and facilitates seamless booking, navigation, and access to the space, providing a smooth on-demand space-vending experience.

Where do you see yourself and the project in the next five years?
My team and I always see ourselves in reaching towards further design excellence and build our thought-leadership in design in the next five years and beyond. We are multidisciplinary designers whose work unites UX/UI design, spatial design, software development, and digital-physical interactions. For this project in particular, we would like to establish its physical footprint by prototyping and launching physical locations and modules, develop its digital footprint through virtual vended spaces and the digital application, and foster influence, discussions and community around shared economy, unmanned retail, commodified space usage, space-vending, holistic wellbeing and urban living.