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Ethnographer extraordinaire Martha Cotton will speak at Design Indaba 2018
The Chicago-based design researcher is one of this year’s star speakers.
Children’s book This Is How We Do It celebrates diversity while encouraging empathy
“See what makes us different and what unites us.”
This graphic novel is educating Chicago’s youth about their civic responsibility
From Chicago Architecture Foundation, No Small Plans is designed to provide civic education.
Shani Crowe: the braid queen who turns hair into art
These mesmerising braids celebrate the beauty of black femininity.
Low-cost housing that is stylish and functional
Check out these impressive social housing projects from around the world.
Rebirth Garments: Fashion for all bodies and abilities
These garments are non-conforming and accessible to people of any gender, size and ability.
Boombox champions nomadic retail spaces
A startup platform that gives emerging businesses access to a public market.
Jeanne Gang: The architecture of policing in America
Founder of Studio Gang, Jeanne Gang talks about how architecture can help address police brutality in America.
Pedro&Juana: Architecture is a social service
Mexico City-based architecture and design practice Pedro&Juana create interactive and customisable spaces.
Iwan Baan: Looking at architecture through a photographer's lens
Architectural photographer, Iwan Baan talks about a trip to Chicago and how he goes about capturing the essence and energy of the city and its architecture.
An exhibition challenging the stereotypes that diminish black female bodies
“Abandoned Margins” is an exhibition tackling Western beauty standards, cultural identity, historical erasure, trauma, and the representation of black bodies.
Wai Architects: Architecture as a tool for addressing social issues
According to WAI Architects, architecture might not save the world but it has the power to make people’s lives miserable.
“For Grace” blows the lid off the tough world of fine dining by following Michelin Star chef Curtis Duffy’s journey to the top.
Dana Arnett: Design thinking in a digital age
The Boston-based graphic designer and CEO considers a broader definition of design and what this means in the world of digital media.
Erin Besler: Repositioning architectural practices for new design
Erin Besler’s installation, The Entire Situation, calls into question embedded architectural practices.
Catfish released into the Chicago River to measure water pollution
Experts have released 30 000 catfish into the Chicago River in an effort to measure the signs of progress in cleaning up the notoriously polluted water.
Francis Kéré Architecture's installation introduces the value of an African gathering in Chicago
Place for Gathering doubles up as a meeting place and a space that encourages cultural exchange.
Amanda Williams: Colour(ed) theory and the urban palette
Architect-cum-artist Amanda Williams uses her experience in colour theory to design an urban colour palette for historically black neighbourhoods in Chicago.
Robots build a stone tower with one piece of thread
A jammed rock structure built by machines is a prelude to the future of sustainable architecture.
Sou Fujimoto challenges perceptions of what could be considered architecture
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto uses potato chips and staples to comment on the notion of “found architecture”.
A focus on low-cost housing at the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Three architecture firms are setting the tone for affordable and sustainable alternatives to informal housing.
A stage for musical improvisation puts a spotlight on reused building materials
Italian architecture company, Studio Albori, looks at “reuse and improvisation” in building with its Makeshift installation at Chicago Architecture Biennial.
YOLK’s Solar Paper is a fold-up solar charger
The world’s lightest and thinnest solar charging device measures 1.1 centimetres deep and weighs only 120 grams.
A contraceptive pill that calls women who forget to take it
Oviary is the first update the contraceptive pill has received in 50 years and it’s going to make it more effective for women everywhere.
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