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Empathy meets design to aid expecting mothers
Carleton University graduate Caroline Smeenk goes beyond user experience design at antenna 2017.
How Angelika Nyboe Andersen moved from fashion to building some of Zambia's greenest buildings
“Fashion has sort of given me a good foundation for construction. It has surprisingly all come together.”
Can you redevelop a big city like Lagos without displacing the poor?
Urban planner Lookman Oshodi seems to think it is possible.
Ensamble Studio is at the forefront of architecture, art and academic research
The award-winning Spanish architects, Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa, spoke at the Design Indaba Conference 2018.
This urban designer tracks down where the energy in our cities comes from
Could her singing manhole covers advocate for energy systems and the humans who use them?
How discarded bananas led these two designers into looking at consumerism and food waste
By tracking how bananas make it to Iceland, where there are no plantations, these designers shine a spotlight on waste and consumerism.
Awundibone looks at how rape culture reduces women's everyday experiences
Thandiwe Msebenzi talks about her photography work as well as how she wants to use VR to further explore the topic.
Designer Kazuya Kawasaki on the future of zero-waste fashion design
What is the alternative role of the fashion designer in the age of biotechnology?
Providing accommodation for tourists does not have to come at the expense of locals
Using one of Cuba's oldest and rapidly gentrifying neighbourhoods as a lens, architect Iwo Borkowicz explores tourism and social housing.
#ArchForArch 2: The Arch and his legacy
In the second episode of the Arch for Arch series, we talk to the people of South Africa.
An impactful project inspired by the designer's own experience recovering in hospital
Alissa Rees is reinventing the IV pole often used in hospitals for a more dynamic, dignified experience.
Where product design and conservationism meet
University of Applied Arts graduate Alexandra sees no boundaries between politics, culture and technology as she designs the Menu from the new Wild.
Creating local employment in Mexico with a new sustainable material
Designer Fernando Laposse is reviving an embattled farming process to offer Mexico an alternative livelihood.
Studio Swine on making sustainable design desirable
London-based duo is behind accessories made of human hair, furniture made from ocean waste, among other designs.
Chris Sheldrick on building cities that integrate with technology
Can we plan for not just tomorrow but beyond that?
Can we use our own data to become better human beings?
Data designer Giorgia Lupi talks us through her experience of painstakingly collected personal data.
Andile Dyalvane, gt2P on creating The Wishing Wall
The Chilean design group and the South African ceramicist on their unlikely partnership.
Africa could be the leapfrog continent, says Sir David Adjaye
The way we’re designing cities is changing. Here’s some advice from a leading architect at the inaugural Design Commons.
Comms designer Arjun Harrison-Mann on dialogue, design and activism
When the UK cut benefits to disabled people, this RCA graduate found a way to give those affected their own platform.
#RightsNotGames makes protesting accessible for disabled people
Arjun Harrison-Mann talks ethical design at the Design Indaba Festival 2017.
This pen detects cancer in seconds
This handheld device detects cancer so that doctors can remove tumors with greater accuracy during surgery.
The global addressing system, what3words continues to garner international attention
What3words ensures that basic services can reach even the most remote places.
The world’s first medical drone delivery system sets up shop in Tanzania
Zipline will save millions of lives by making medical supplies accessible in developing areas.
Isis Schiffer’s EcoHelmet might get even more people interested in bike sharing
The Pratt Institute design graduate spoke at Design Indaba Conference 2017.
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