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London-based experience designer on the University of the Underground
Nelly Ben Hayoun teaches students how to engineer situations, to design experiences and challenge structures of power.
Wasted reimagines how we deal with urban trash
Amsterdam-based CITIES Foundation has used plastic as currency for two years. Now they’ve added paper, textiles and glass.
Swiss-born Rafael Kouto wants to dewesternise fashion
"The next big thing in fashion is open source and engagement of the consumer in the creative process."
Architect and urban designer Winy Maas is a co-founder of Rotterdam-based architecture studio MVRDV and The Why Factory.
University of the Underground: Learn deviance in creativity
Experience designer and everyday astronaut, Nelly Ben Hayoun launches the University of the Underground to train up young designers as creative soldiers.
Lernert & Sander: Smells like Everything
Artists and filmmakers Lernert & Sander create exquisitely detailed conceptual films. Subjects include the smell of everything and the sound effects of fashion.
Lernert & Sander
Dutch artists and filmmakers Lernert & Sander are known for their installations and high-conceptual art films.
Art that creates empathy for China's visually impaired children
"Like a Pearl in my Hand" is a series of heat-sensitive portraits of China's visually impaired children, many whom were abandoned during the one-child policy.
Spying on a thief in this fascinating documentary
Film student Anthony van der Meer made a documentary tracking his stolen phone and the thief who stole it
The Current collection integrates solar energy in everyday objects
The Current Table by Dutch design studio Caventou uses solar-integrated glass to generate energy from light in a process similar to photosynthesis.
Erik Kessels on the power of failure
Do not fear failure; move towards your mistakes. Dutch advertising guru Erik Kessels shares some industry wisdom at the Design Indaba Conference.
Erik Kessels: In advertising, ideas are more important than craft
Erik Kessels believes that in advertising, ideas are more important than craft and that to stay creatively stimulated you have to be a hybrid.
Lava Lab on the millennial renaissance
Members of Amsterdam-based studio Lava Lab, Cecilia Martin and Klasien van de Zandschulp are risk takers with a deliberately disruptive approach to work.
Sistaaz of the Castle: Colourful transgender fashion in Cape Town
Dutch artists Jan Hoek and Duran Lantink depict transgender sex workers in bouyant fashions.
Minimising waste with the Flax Chair
Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma proves furniture can carry both stylistic and ecological integrity.
Can hairy plants clean up Amsterdam’s air pollution?
The Green Junkie’s ability to absorb carbon pollution is currently being tested.
Keep it cool during power outages with Coolfinity – the Icebank Cooler
The Coolfinity is a fridge that is specifically designed to handle power outages, keeping vital medicines like vaccines at their optimal storage temperatures.
Lava Lab: Innovation at the intersection
We talk to the ladies of Lava Lab about the rise of the hybrid designer and the age of Millenial thinking.
Floris Kaayk: The Modular Body merges fact and fiction
Filmmaker Floris Kaayk toys with the public’s willingness to believe in the extraordinary.
What Design Can Do unveils Refugee Challenge winners
Alongside a conference on design and innovation, What Design Can Do hosted the refugee challenge to address one of the major issues of our time.
WDCD 2016: Here’s what you missed
The What Design Can Do conference is an annual display of design innovation. Here’s what you missed from its 2016 iteration.
Four ways Africa can influence design
A core theme of the What Design Can Do conference explores what Africa can do for Europe. These are the experts called upon for answers.
Marginalised communities are shaping the face of Africa, says Michael Uwemedimo
Speaking at the What Design Can Do conference, filmmaker Michael Uwemedimo tells us about CMAP’s multimedia approach to community upliftment.
What Design Can Do looks at what Africa can do for Europe
The challenges we face can be solved through international cooperation. This year’s WDCD conference looks at Africa’s solutions for Europe’s problems.
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