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5 quirky buildings that show architecture with a twist
From a smog eating building in Poland to a cultural centre in Senegal that cools itself and more.
(P)residant: Those who don't let go of power
"I call them 'les presidents residants' because they never want to leave power once in the seat." – Fabrice Monteiro, photographer, Dakar.
Alexis Peskine explores the black experience through unconventional mediums
He speaks on his Afro-French heritage, immigration and the global black experience.
The coveted items that make up the IKEA Överallt collection
“This is how design makes the world smaller and brings people from different cultures closer together,” Bibi Seck.
Bibi Seck is the co-founder of the award-winning design and innovation studio, Birsel+Seck.
IKEA launches ÖVERALLT collection during Design Indaba Festival
The limited-edition ÖVERALLT collection was launched on 27th February 2019 at the place where it all started – Design Indaba Festival.
Nigerian writer Ziki Nelson on his upcoming comic book featuring 15 African artists
"From our perspective, there's no point publishing a Spiderman-esque superhero story. The DCs and the Marvels of this world already do that so well.”
Senegal’s taxi industry set to gain an eco-conscious option with the Ping! app
Could the natural evolution of public transport include a fleet of hybrid cars for every city?
HUT: Architecture concept for a spiritual community
This Italian design group has conceptualised a meditative hub for Tanaf Village, Senegal.
Grigri Pixel is looking for African creatives to participate in a residency in Madrid
The award-winning programme brings together African and European creatives to create urban space interventions.
These Senegalese rappers found an ingenious way to report on politics
“There is a long tradition in hip hop here [Senegal], particularly hip hop being political."
Grigri Pixel is uniting creatives on two continents through urban interventions
The projects, which brings together African and European artists, was recently selected in the culture category for the FAD design prize.
"We already live in a dystopian world" – Fabrice Monteiro
Senegalese photographer Fabrice Monteiro believes we are already living in a dystopian world, on an earth that humans have made sick.
Selly Raby Kane on creating sci-fi fashion in Senegal
“I want people to dive into a universe, I want them to dive into a story and I want them to feel like they’re in a timeless space.”
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.
Ethical and solidarity-based concept-store, combining Africa and modernity.
The striking interpretation of an age-old Senegalese legend
Translating an old adage into striking visual art.
Selly Raby-Kane on being a creative in Dakar
We spoke to the face of Senegalese fashion about why she wakes up at 4am and more.
Making interactive furniture in Senegal
As part of an ongoing exploration of African design, we spoke to Thierry Giles, founder of the first UX research lab in West-Africa.
Not for art’s sake
Senegalese digital artist Papi on the tools that give abstract art a tangible form
Telling positive African stories through photography
An interview with Senegalese photographer Abdoulaye Ndao.
Portraits of Senegal
Captivating images of offbeat moments on the streets of Senegal.
Young, fashionable and made in Dakar
Three young fashion designers on being creative and running fashion houses in Dakar.
The rhythm of weaving in Senegal
French weaver and designer Johanna Bramble talks us through tradition and texture in her Senegalese studio.
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