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Architects design a crematorium situated in the middle of a lake
Wrapped in a layer of rusty steel, this elongated crematorium is made of earth-coloured stone and also appears to be floating on water.
Argentinian artist uses 100, 000 banned books to build a monument
Conceptual artist Marta Minujín has created a full-scale replica of the Parthenon – one of the world’s most famous structures.
Photographer visually deconstructs the myth that being queer is un-African
Celebratory, bright and vibrantly coloured, Limit(less) pictures what freedom can look like for the black queer body.
This device can keep opened wine fresh for 12 days
“It was my urge to solve the problem through design, coupled with my love of wine, that first prompted me to create Eto,” says the designer.
Vukuzenzele is a digital puzzle game helping to redesign informal settlements
The game uses the concept of re-blocking to reimagine the layout of an informal settlement in order to create better access to basic services.
Feather sculpture honours bond between Ireland and a Native American nation
Towering 20 feet into the Irish sky, Kindred Spirits recognises the Choctaw Nation for their generosity during Ireland's Great Famine.
Cape Town entrepreneur is designing a new language around menstruation
Entrepreneur Zizipho Ntobongwana challenges everything from the packaging to ads to sustainability.
On transforming diarrhoea treatment in Zambia with a simple solution
The award-winning innovator, Simon Berry says he hopes in the next ten years there won’t be a need for ColaLife to exist.
Nüshu is an ancient secret language developed by women
These women would embroid their Nüshu scripts on fabrics such as quilts, aprons, and handkerchiefs.
Nike designs shoebox made out of recycled milk containers and coffee lids
The sportswear giant teamed up with Taiwanese architect and engineer Arthur Huang to create multi-functional shoe boxes.
Hybrid burgers for the health and environmentally conscious
Sonic launches hybrid burgers that could potentially be a game changer in the fast food chain industry.
On creating an alternative to voyeuristic travel narratives
Carribean-American storyteller uses art-focussed web-series to weave tales about countries like South Africa and Mexico
Family-friendly sculpture garden opens at Franschhoek wine estate
The Boschendal Wineland Estate says they want the garden to be diverse enough to cater to both young and old.
Lernert & Sander on crafting their own niche, creativity and their future in high-concept art
"We are not interested in style. We are interested in a good idea," says the Dutch duo on creativity.
Filmmakers Lernert & Sander address piracy in the creative industry
Their approach to their talk at the Design Indaba Conference 2017 was no different to their stunningly cheeky designs.
Curtain-like exterior gives this new building a sense of always being in motion
The Shanghai Bund Financial Center is a collaboration between Foster & Partners and Heatherwick Studio.
British technology designer Chris Sheldrick on design and reinventing the postal address
The technology designer wants to make life easier for 4 billion people without an address.
Cook This Page wants to make cooking new things easy and fun
Interactive IKEA recipes demonstrate just how deliciously simple creativity can be.
A golden way to draw attention to an overlooked piece of female anatomy
Alli Sebastian Wolf hopes that her work will spur more conversations about the fascinating magic and underappreciated aspects of the clitoris.
Johannesburg designer brings boomboxes back into the future
His unconventional portable boomboxes make it simple for those who are nostalgic for boomboxes but also appreciate slick design.
Weird Box is an innovative short film driven by the participation of Instagram followers
Software developer Noah Levenson’s latest design integrates users’ Instagram posts into a short film.
Artist Ai Weiwei turns salvaged refugee lifejackets into a large-scale installation
The artist and activist collected about 3 500 life jackets to highlight the disturbing conditions refugees are subjected to
Two artists use video and sculpture to explore perceptions of history and memory
Kyu Sang Lee and Martin Wilson's “Still-life with three suspended bodies” is currently showing at Gallery MOMO in Cape Town.
Kenyan photographer behind renegade grannies series chats Afrofuturism
For Osborne Macharia, Afrofuturism is about recreating a different Africa based on fantasy, fiction and history.
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