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Tshepo Mokholo on innovating traditional architectural practises
The Soweto-born architect, who is also a former Emerging Creative, tells us how a chance meeting landed him in Kigali.
Rwanda-based photographer Chris Schwagga on photography as language
Burundese photographer Chris Schwagga uses photography as his language – and, just like words, an image can be very ambiguous.
The first national memorial to victims of lynching opens in the US
Designed by MASS Design Group, who have offices in Boston and in Kigali, the memorial relies on sculpture, art, and design to contextualise racial terror.
This centre offers a safe haven for Rwandan women who’ve escaped the unthinkable
Inspired by Rwandan architecture, the Women’s Opportunity Centre is home to about 300 women.
This is Rwanda is an aerial journey through the eyes of two young photographers
"There is beautiful nature in Rwanda, but it's very important to know and see the rest."
American architect Josh Greene on why he chose to work in Rwanda
"It’s not just simply design, it’s a whole process that has really been enlightening for me.”
Yemi Kacoutie on immersing herself in the world of building design
"Architects don’t just design buildings, they also influence the impact these buildings have on the humans who occupy them."
Forging closer ties between African creative minds
The Sweden@ workshop brought together young creatives from South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Colombia and Zambia.
Our top picks for the 2017 Africa Architecture Awards
The shortlist of nominees is out and here are the projects we think could have the most impact.
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.
3 Must-See Design Talks by African creatives
All three of these designers are innovating in Africa’s unique circumstances.
Christian Benimana on architecture that serves the community
In his talk, Benimana asks a series of questions about the capabilities of the built environment: can a building heal, can a neonatal ward celebrate childhood?
Kasha: Rwanda’s digital solution to a pervasive problem
Access to information and basic services can help women progress in the developing areas.
Design Indaba to collaborate with IKEA
Design Indaba is proud to announce a collaboration with global homeware giant IKEA, set to launch at the Design Indaba Festival 2017.
Why waste shouldn't go to waste
Devoted to urban planning
Born in Kigali, Rwanda, this MIT student works to improve and provide affordable housing designs in Africa.
Photo series explores forgiveness under impossible circumstances
Netherlands-based visual artist Lana Mesić explores the legacy of the Rwandan genocide in the photo series “Anatomy of Forgiveness”.
SHE: Sanitary pads made from discarded banana tree material
Sustainable Heath Enterprises (SHE) manufactures affordable sanitary pads made from banana tree fibres to keep Rwanda’s girls and women in school and work.
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.
Christian Benimana: Architects don’t have to be local to think local
Rwandan architect Christian Benimana believes that the built environment should catalyse positive systemic change.
Shared Studios launches a new Portal to Rwanda
The project designs futuristic portals, allowing users to reach out across the globe and communicate with each other face-to-face.
African Design Centre fellowship programme to open in September
Based in Kigali, the African Design Centre has launched a 2-yr fellowship programme to train the creative leaders who will design a more sustainable Africa.
Rosine Urujeni: Empowering women in Rwanda
Indego Africa supports women in Africa through economic empowerment and education.
Jean Paul Uzabakiriho: Inspiring a new generation of Rwandan architects
Working in the Rwandan office of MASS Design Group, JP Uzabakiriho explains how the MASS philosophy is to encourage people to think differently about buildings.
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