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Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi awarded the 2018 Pritzker Prize
Doshi believes the award will draw attention to the capacity for architecture to trigger social upliftment.
Quicksee is making eye care accessible, affordable with low-cost tech
“We couldn’t train 100,000 new optometrists, but we could look at the technologies available and re-engineer them to be lower cost and easier to use.”
Scientists get innovative in the fight against glacier melt
Halting the effects of global warming with artificial ice and massive blankets.
Self-financing modular homes for the rural poor
Globally, access to adequate housing remains a huge problem that governments battle to solve, billionBricks provides a self-financing solution
Introducing the Greenhouse In a Box
From Indian startup Kheyti, the modular greenhouse is an affordable solution for low-income farmers.
Low-cost urinal system tackles a school’s sanitation issues
The modified urinals were developed by five middle school students.
Scientists fight malnutrition with super-shake
Peanut butter, chickpeas and a bit of oil can go a very long way in saving a life.
Click Play: 3 Masters of product
Product designers shape how we live and these graduates are at the forefront of exactly that.
I got garbage
A human-centred approach to India’s brimming landfills.
Lost Indian Goddesses
This powerful photo series takes a critical look at the treatment of women.
Unfolding the Saree
How much do we really know about this storied garment?
The ethical fashion brand breaking international ground
South Africa-based ethical fashion designer Bushera Bashir will showcase at London Fashion Week.
Dancing through difficulty
Liberty Express is a dance, film and cultural exchange project for children living in poverty.
Based in New Delhi, Aditi Khurana is the International Regional Coordinator for School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York City.
The women calling for an end to female genital mutilation through film
From catchy and cute to raw and haunting, check out how filmmakers are speaking out.
Not a plastic bag
India’s EnviGreen pushes 100 per cent biodegradable, edible alternatives to plastic.
Charging up developing nations with solar energy
Morocco, Singapore & India are investing heavily in the abundant power of the sun.
Living in a landfill
This photo series documents a community surrounded by mountains of trash.
Challenging our understanding of waste
Landfills could be a source of usable materials.
Award-winning initiative turns theory into solution
CHHAT won the 2016 Fuller Challenge because of its ability to address real-life problems surrounding human shelter.
Yogita Agrawal on design for impact in India
Design Indaba Global Graduate Yogita Agrawal shares two of her projects: a wearable that uses human movement to power a light and a soap pen to improve hygiene.
Indian scientists create device to collect solar energy more efficiently
This new CSIR development may pose a solution to land restraints and solar energy production in India.
Tired running shoes turned into slippers for school children
GreenSole collects old trainers and transforms them into new shoes for rural kids.
Saving the planet with art supplies
The startup turning air pollution into ink.
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