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Espacio recuperado diseñado para unir a las personas. 

Designers from all over the world worked with market vendors and AARP Texas members to design an easy-to-assemble, digitally fabricated market stall that can be assembled in minutes and help define a space. But what good is a beautiful design if no one is there to experience it? FD23 designers stepped up to the challenge and designed six market stalls tailored for vendors over the age of 50! 

FD23 Final Contestants and Winners:

  • 1st Place | Team TLALLO: Vensa Aguilar and Dannette Aguirre

  • 2nd Place | Team 4 Beaver: Cheng Xie, Wuqi Lyu, Leah Li, and Kun Wei

  • 3rd Place | Team 8: David Cayll, Xelaya Mendoza, Santiago Romero, and Olivia Holt

  • People's Choice | Team Miscellaneous: Elena Naccari, Ramon Irizarry, Yumi Catabijan, and Abraham Moreno

  • Team RISD: Oliver Jacob, Aliah Werth, and Ashur Clark

  • Team Handley Heros: James Lawrence and Kara Chaney

About FD23

El TBK Bank Plaza es un lugar colorido y vibrante ubicado en el norte de Dallas. Rediseñado por Better Block para mejorar seguridad y funcionamiento, la nueva plaza cuenta con un contenedor de envío de cuatro ventanas usable_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d-58d8_as90cf_57c9_4 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_refugio comercial emergente, estación de registro y unidad de almacenamiento. Los cruces peatonales inspirados en alfombras se extienden a lo largo de las calles, lo que hace que la plaza sea fácilmente accesible y esté bien definida. -3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_swings, and movable long tables and café sets. The central stage is shaded and puede apoyar a una banda grande o incluso a un equipo de baile infantil. Una serie de luces de cadena se extienden por la plaza, creando un ambiente acogedor y_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b -136bad5cf58d_espacio vibrante para albergar sus festivales, eventos familiares, celebraciones al aire libre y conciertos. 

The Problem

For small business vendors one of the most difficult elements of attending markets is the actual setup. Sure, one can bring a tent and a fold-out table, but it’s still cumbersome and takes a bit of creativity to make a business standout among a sea of tents and fold-out tables.


Now, add to that equation older adults, and the difficulty of mobility and accessibility with setting up a kiosk.

The Challenge

For FD23, the challenge is simple: create a market stall for a vendor who’s older than 50. 

Of course, it’s not really that easy. The designs need to be easy to assemble for all ages using very little hardware and fit into a vehicle (or even better, a DART bus). They have to stay on budget. And elements have to be digitally fabricated. Add shade. Add seating, perhaps? It’s up to you. But people need to be able to vend from it.


You will be given consulting time with our digital fabricator about our lessons learned over the years with our Wikiblock library (and hosting hundreds of markets), once your designs are complete, our we will cut them on our CNC router, and then you will have time with your pieces. Ultimately, however, you will have only 8 hours to assemble your kiosk on October 28. Your pieces will then be put to the test as we will host a market where your designs will be judged (we'll have a celebrity judging panel as well as people's choice). Winners will get a cash prize as well as have their designs loaded to our Wikiblock library. Plus bragging rights. And a custom trophy.

The Budget

Better Block will provide a $500 budget plus four hours on the CNC router ($400 value). Teams can fundraise up to $1,100 for a total of $2,000.


If you are not local to Dallas, and you want to be part of the competition, travel and lodging will not be covered. You must be onsite to build your design on October 28.


The AARP Community Challenge is a grant program to make tangible improvements in communities that jump-start long-term change. It is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become great places to live for people of all ages. To learn more, visit or watch the announcement video.

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