Reinventing The New York City Payphone

Before mobile phones became ubiquitous, payphones were essential communications tools.

Today the old, coin-operated payphone may seem like a dying technology. But what if a public phone booth could be more than just a phone? New York City used to have 35,000 payphones; now there are just over 11,000.

With the contracts on its remaining phones set to be renewed in 2014, the city of New York held a competition to reinvent the payphone and ensure it will remain relevant in the future.