Roberto Rovira

Studio Roberto Rovira Honored by Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards

Studio Roberto Rovira is honored to have been recognized in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards 2020 and joins a distinguished list of 9 finalists in the Art & Design Category that include the MIT Media Lab, Nike, Kohler, and Carlo Ratti Associati among others. This is the second time that Studio Roberto Rovira is honored by the Fast Company World Changing Ideas Awards.

New York, April 28, 2020 — The winners of Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring the businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to flattening the curve when it comes to the climate crisis, social injustice, or economic inequality. This year, the EcoAtlas was selected as a finalist in the Art & Design category.

Now in its fourth year, the World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 26 winners, more than 200 finalists, and more than 500 honorable mentions. A panel of eminent judges selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 3,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more. The 2020 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Vancouver to Singapore to Tel Aviv, and illustrate how some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and companies are addressing grave global challenges.

“The EcoAtlas has the potential to craft a hopeful and inspiring future by using art, design, and technology to get us closer to thriving in the face of existential threats like sea level rise, habitat depletion, and climate change, while concurrently celebrating the resilient beauty of the environments we depend on,” says Roberto Rovira, Principal of Studio Roberto Rovira and Founder of the EcoAtlas. “It facilitates a comprehensive  understanding of the world in ways that are essential to building, not only a resilient and sustainable future, but an exciting and inspiring one.”

“There seems no better time to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, resources, and, in some cases, their scale to tackle society’s biggest problems,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have uncovered some of the smartest and most inspiring projects of the year.”

About the World Changing Ideas Awards: World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With a goal of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.

The EcoAtlas is a comprehensive open source design and visualization platform that communicates vast amounts of information about the natural world through simple and engaging data maps. Read more about it here:
EcoAtlas webpage
TEDx Coconut Grove talk 
EcoAtlas video

About Fast Company
Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, leadership, world changing ideas, and design. Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company inspires readers to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations, and create the future of business. Read more here.

About EcoAtlas
EcoAtlas communicates the seasonal changes of the natural world and serves as a comprehensive design and visualization tool. It bridges art, science, design, and technology, and connects the power of data and technology to help designers, planners, and anyone interested in better understanding and transforming the environment. By using intuitive, graphic mappings that can convey changes in bloom times, deciduous tree patterns, produce seasonality, animal migrations, and other time-dependent phenomena, the Ecological Atlas facilitates a comprehensive understanding of the environment. For information, contact Roberto Rovira ( Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental and Urban Design (LAEUD), College of Architecture and the Arts, Florida International University.