Spireworks Change at a Distance

by L+R

Spireworks, the world’s largest interactive architectural installation, exclusively opened its platform to the entire globe on May 20th when millions of people were staying home to flatten the curve. In partnership with GlobalGiving, users donate to raise money for the Global Coronavirus Relief Fund and then donors have an unprecedented, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to support humanity and leverage mobile technology and interaction design to control the colors atop iconic buildings in New York City in real-time through the live stream on any web browser. Spireworks "Change at a Distance" provided a collective and engaging experience that authentically leverages advanced mobile technology, human computer interaction, and social good, to enhance public connections and give a positive outlook. Within a matter of months, the campaign raised over $100,000.

International technology design and brand strategy consulting firm, L+R, has been a longtime partner with Spireworks and the two groups have collaborated on this meaningful project to build Spireworks’ cause ecosystem. The teams crafted the inventive second screen technology with a mobile application and live stream desktop website.


Gold in Interaction Design for Social Change 2021

Created by:

Lead Designer

Sharon Lee

Design Company


Profile Website

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Project Website

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Spireworks/The Durst Foundation

Design Team

Grace Kim, Alex Queudot, Julia Keller, Alex Levin


Individual Credits

Joe Taylor
Grace Kim
Alex Levin