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The cross pollination of fungi and fowls
A Belgian chicken artist and a Zimbabwean social entrepreneur find ways to work together through chickens and mushrooms.
Studio [D] Tale: Design for social impact in emerging economies
We talk to cross-continental architecture and design studio Studio [D] Tale about innovation in the everyday, especially in emerging economies.
Studio [D] Tale on design activism and innovation within existing systems
Social impact designers Studio [D] Tale talk about innovating within informal economies and interventions in existing, sometimes backward, systems.
Studio [D] Tale: A building isn’t always the solution
Studio [D] Tale founders Maxwell Mutanda and Safia Qureshi look beyond the traditional distinctions of architectural practice.
Multi-talented architect Maxwell Mutanda uses design to address real-world issues.
Safia Qureshi: A project to help eliminate paper cup waste in London
Safia Qureshi talks about her new, chai wallah-inspired project, Cup Club, which aims to reduce the amount of waste caused by disposable coffee cups in London.
Tales of the Dark Continent
Maxwell Mutanda illustrates surreal scenes of Africa in a series he titled “Postcards”, which he describes to us here in his own words.
A cross-continental architecture studio with solutions for Harare’s informal traders
The architects behind Studio [D] Tale propose a set of innovative designs to improve life for informal traders in African cities.
“Diamond” by Freestyles263
A refreshingly hip-swaying serenade from this Zimbabwean group of artists who meld dancehall with as many other genres as possible.
Designs on Zimbabwe
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe is hosting its first design exhibition that surveys contemporary design across the country. Design Indaba chats to the curator.
Bowls like baskets
Inspired by childhood memories of the tradition of basketmaking, Marjorie Wallace creates ceramic work that echoes the woven quality of the baskets.
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