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Mosskin is a living textile for burn victims
Mosskin, a textile designed by Eindhoven graduate Tye Tze Yu, is a living textile designed to treat female burn victims.
The Urchins is taking the craft of crochet to a new level
Where biomimicry, cultural weaving and lots of polyester strands meet.
5 examples of great design from Singapore
Proof that a small island can produce big creativity.
Charging up developing nations with solar energy
Morocco, Singapore & India are investing heavily in the abundant power of the sun.
Singapore’s self-driving scooter
A driverless scooter could be the next step in autonomous transportation.
Oneware: The one-hand only kitchenware
Singaporean Industrial Design student creates a range of utensils to aid those with disabilities in the kitchen.
Catch an autonomous flying drone to work
Airbus shares plans to develop autonomous flying vehicles in response to land-based traffic congestion.
Architects designing for social improvement
billionBricks project manager Astrid Hugo shares advice on how to design for the homeless.
Cyborg beetles designed for search and rescue
University team develops a remote-controlled beetle that could replace mechanical drones.
Foreign Policy introduces wayfinding design to architecture
The Singapore-based design studio is coming up with creative ways to brand spaces.
A vertical village in Singapore is the World Building of the Year
The Interlace, an expansive interlocking network of living and communal spaces, takes the top prize at the World Architecture Festival.
Pollution-free energy could come from the Earth's core
Manoj Bhargava's Limitless Energy project seeks to harness the energy at the Earth's core using a graphene cable.
An ocean cleanup project, innovative healthcare and vertically-grown vegetables: five designs that could revolutionise life
Celebrate designs that address serious modern challenges, this year's INDEX Awards winners include clean energy batteries and a language learning app.
Miniature robots made from waste electronic chips and wires
Singapore and Malaysia-based industrial designer Anthony Oh recycles electric parts into miniature robot sculptures.
INSIDE World Festival of Interiors shines a spotlight on exceptional interior design
A space-like TV studio, a healthy office and an exploded cinema set the bar high for the World Interior of the Year Award.
12 standout buildings from the 2015 World Architecture Festival Award finalists
700 entries from architects and designers across the world were narrowed down to make the World Architecture Festival shortlist.
How the bindi is saving lives in India
Iodine deficiency is one of India’s most dangerous nutritional problems, but this life-saving bindi may change that.
The power of the “on” switch
As part of UNESCO's International Year of Light, Ghana is looking at how light design and technology can lead to sustainable development.
Thomas Heatherwick's winning proposal to design a university in Singapore will see teachers and students interacting on a more equal level.
Nendo, by Oki Sato, has been called one of the most talented Japanese design firms working today.
In product design it’s often true that the real character of an object is expressed through its imperfections.
Protofarm 2050: Multinational Feedback Loop
Futurefarmers explain their Multinational Feedback Loop - recycling and reusing, in order to sustain the cultivation of renewable resources.
Protofarm 2050: Electrocyte Appendix
The Electrocyte Appendix is a human organ for converting blood sugar into electricity.
Protofarm 2050: Oogst
Frank Tjepkema's Oogst is a self-sustaining environment for 1, 100 or 1 000 people.
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