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Merging architecture, entrepreneurship and digital fabrication in Cameroon
"Ours is the first digital manufacturing laboratory for architecture and design in Africa," African Fabbers School founder Paolo Cascone.
Burkinabe women are channeling the spirit of a 12th century princess
Burkinabe women working in careers traditionally dominated by men, all draw inspiration and courage from one source: Princess Yennenga.
6 artists we loved at the AKAA 2017
The Also Known As Africa Art Fair (AKAA) brings together contemporary artists from Africa and the diaspora.
Award-winning Burkina Faso architect Francis Kéré to design the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion
Our longtime friend and Design Indaba alumnus Francis Kéré has been chosen to design the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion in London. It will be his UK debut.
Burkina Faso’s new parliamentary building celebrates the revolution
Design Indaba alumnus Francis Kéré unveils the design for Burkina Faso’s new National Assembly.
Cheap, effective, mosquito killing soap
Two African innovators have created a cheap soap to combat Malaria in the developing world.
Modern and sustainable housing for healthcare workers in Burundi
Architect Louise Braverman designed solar-powered housing for healthcare workers in the remote Burundian village of Kigutu.
Francis Kéré Architecture's installation introduces the value of an African gathering in Chicago
Place for Gathering doubles up as a meeting place and a space that encourages cultural exchange.
A one-dollar contraceptive designed for the developing world
Designed to be self-administered and cost only one dollar, this contraceptive is changing the state of women's health in developing countries.
Burkina Faso is home to Francophone Africa’s first “fab lab”
Burkina Faso is home to OugaLab, the first fabrication lab in the French-speaking region of Africa.
The CSPS medical centre at Burkina Faso’s Opera Village is now open
Kéré Architecture’s Opera Village in Burkina Faso uses cultural identity and pride as a tool for positive development. It now includes a medical centre.
Under the mango trees
Switzerland-based product designer Béatrice Durandard discovers on a trip to Africa that an inability to communicate can lead to taking more risks.
When the model becomes the medium
How do you collaborate with someone who speaks another language? Swiss designer Laurence Stoffel tells us how she overcame the culture barrier.
Off the beaten track
We chat to the organisers of the Hors Pistes project, which pairs European designers with foreign artisans, as they wrap up a workshop in Banfora, Burkina Faso.
Mud brick by mud brick
Architect Francis Kéré is fundraising for the latest addition to the Gando development – an atelier for research and knowledge exchange.
Hamed Design Studio creates exquisite furniture pieces that expose the raw realities of Africa in a contemporary way.
Hamed Design Studio
Hamed Outtara is a furniture designer and founder of Hamed Design Studio based in Burkina Faso.
Wash malaria away
Moctar Dembele and Gérard Niyondiko's Faso Soap is an innovative solution for the prevention of malaria.
Francis Kéré's construction of an opera house in the heart of one of the poorest countries in the world seeks to uplift the community through arts and culture.
Francis Kéré is in the process of developing an infirmary for a village in West Africa to improve basic healthcare.
Francis Kéré wins Gold Holcim Award
Using low-tech means to achieve high-tech results... Francis Kéré's climatically adaptable design for a school in Burkina Faso earned him the Gold Holcim Award.
One x one
From Berlin to Burkina Faso, Francis Kéré is building a bridge using education, upliftment, local materials and energy efficiency.
Diébédo Francis Kéré is an architect from Burkina Faso. The focus of Kéré’s drafts are climatic adaptation, low building costs and self building.
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