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Unscrambling Africa photo project reveals the Africa beyond the slums and safaris
Photographer Mutua Matheka launched his project to show the complex beauty of African cities.
Self-taught Malawian photographer grapples with ancestry in new photo series
“Who Will Bury You?” depicts a young, faceless woman ready to die.
How drones are helping in the fight against malaria
“Where do mosquitoes go in the dry season?”
Is this the world’s cheapest solar lamp?
UK firm designs cheap solar lamp for clean, reliable lighting.
3 Must-See Design Talks by African creatives
All three of these designers are innovating in Africa’s unique circumstances.
Beating Heart: An archive of African sounds is remixed for a new album
Several famous musicians have contributed remixes to the new Beating Hearts album, using sounds from a vast and previously private audio archive.
Craftsmen in Malawi make equipment for their hospitals
The Care Collection is a low-cost hospital equipment alternative manufactured by Malawian craftsmen.
Ackeem Ngwenya on design for rural Africa
Designer and recent graduate Ackeem Ngwenya says scarcity in Africa is a blank canvas for designers.
Trailer: Ackeem Ngwenya on design for rural Africa
Designer and recent graduate Akeem Ngwenya says scarcity in Africa is a blank canvas for designers.
In celebration of the African vernacular architecture
American architect Jon Sojkowski is gathering an online archive of images and information that celebrate African vernacular architecture.
A school is unpacked in Malawi
How a rural school went from fabrication at a workshop in Johannesburg to erection on a dusty site in the village of Chimphamba.
"Golide" by Sonye
Track of Week is a light and catchy love song by Malawian R&B singer-songwriter Sonye.
Architecture for a Change uses lightweight materials with extreme efficiency for a school in rural Malawi.
From discarded bottle to desirable decor
The Blantyre Jars by People of the Sun offer a fresh way of reusing discarded wine bottles.
People of the Sun
People of the Sun is a non-profit social enterprise based in Malawi.
Road or no road - South African-born designer Ackeem Ngwenya's innovative adaptable wheel system takes on any terrain.
Dutch designer Reny van der Kamp questions and redefines design in "Utensils", a book based on documenting a Malawian family's life through their utensils.
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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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