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Designing a way to build bonds between strangers
Social designer Manon van Hoeckel creates spaces, art pieces and experiences that confront divides between people.
Making sense of Ghana’s built environment with architect Alice Asafu-Adjaye
Design needs to be driven more by people’s needs and less by ego, says the architect.
Rebuilding Somalia’s ruined cities
The civil war in Somalia has not only destroyed the lives of countless people – it also left behind many ruined cities.
Friends forever – until the connection drops
Just how will artificial intelligence affect the world of design and the job of the designer? It could become a win-win situation.
Art collective tells painful stories of the displaced
Foundland Collective uses research, art and design to track the traumatic stories of people affected by forced migration.
Accra's Arch Xenus is redefining what it means to be a successful architectural firm
We met the founder and principal architect who shared more about their approach to business.
On designing spaces with people's mental health in mind
Siphilele Magagula on life after her conceptual Empathy Museum, fundraising to continue her studies and creating more spaces that heal.
Somali Architecture students are stitching back the country's built heritage digitally
The collective has been invited to represent the country at this year's London Design Biennale.
Michelle Mlati's afrofuturist approach to spatial planning
“It is about spatially rewriting the city to not only mitigate apartheid spatial legacies...but one that transforms with evolving black culture.”
LINKUP uses design to tackle unemployment
Devised by service designer Hazel Scrimgeour, LINKUP is a platform set to make a difference to South Africa's unemployed youth.
FaceThis is doing it for the kids
This initiative turns Indonesian kids' drawings into school funding through international collaboration.
Looking to Afrofuturism 3.0
"Before you actually physically pursue freedom or build a better future you have to imagine it first."
What's in a cup of tea?
#GlobalGrad Shaakira Jassat's ThirTEA for One project highlights the hidden footprint in the lifecycle of the products we consume.
Minimal Exposure on careful, considered, slow fashion
“I find it difficult to call ourselves a fashion brand because the term fashion to me implies fast and fleeting.”
AZEEMA is here to display beauty and dispel myths
“It is a celebration of heritage, culture and diversity, yet equally a champion for empowerment and progressive change."
How architecture shapes national identity and helps us understand history
“We shape our buildings, and afterwards, our buildings shape us.”
How GetSmarter’s distance learning overhaul created a $100m company
The brothers Sam & Rob Paddock explain the "deliberate design" behind the e-learning empire's success.
Future forms of concrete, plastic could be both sustainable and eco-friendly
“The polymers can be chemically recycled and reused, in principle, infinitely.”
Is it possible for childbearing to happen outside the human body?
Billie Rehwald talks about her project Ectogenesis, which is looking at using design as a tool to consider this possible reality.
Poetry's power with Lebo Mashile
The South African artist's rousing Design Indaba Conference talk on body politics, identity politics, and black female representation.
This children's home enables residents to be part of the construction process
Langbos makes use of a simplified building process that ensures that anyone can build, eliminating heavy, expensive equipment and hard labour.
South Africa meets Japan while design meets culture
“Ultimately, we believe that our uniqueness does not come from specific elements of African or Asian cultures, it just stems from us."
Design is all-encompassing but is it always all-inclusive?
Hidden Women of Design is a series of talks committed to encouraging and supporting female designers.
Meet Carolyn Davidson, the woman behind the iconic Nike Swoosh
The retired graphic designer created the logo while she was still a student at Portland State University. The job earned her $35 back then.
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Danish designer Johannes Torpe on the power of design to create universes
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21 Jan 19
“To create a universe around our products we actually have to take it out into the hands of the people who have to use it."
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