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Manipulating bad eating habits with product design
Portion Distortion is a conceptual design project that explores the psychology behind our eating behaviour.
Ugandan graduate on BreastIT, a cancer-detecting glove
Moris Atwine talks about his team’s award-winning breast cancer detection app.
Threads of Peru shines a spotlight on traditional Quechua weaving culture
The non-profit organisation economically empowers skilled women artisans from Peru.
The Living Chair celebrates the beauty of imperfection
Carpenter reinterprets his father’s iconic rocking chair design with flawed salvaged wood.
Project H teaches public school students to build for good
Californian non-profit group, Project H is teaching children the value of design and architecture, and how it can make a difference in their communities.
This shelter is a response to forced immigration
An eco-friendly modular shelter for displaced immigrants created by design firm DMOA.
This Solar Grill makes cooking easier in areas with no electricity
The cooker stores solar energy for cooking at any time of the day.
Graduates in Chile transform abandoned urban lots into community spaces
Sitio Eriazo, a collective of theatre, architecture and art graduates are on a mission to restore beauty to these spaces.
Revolutionising food production with edible fungi made from plastic
LIVIN Studio and Utrecht University transform plastic waste into gourmet fungi food.
A floating public pool designed to revive Melbourne’s Yarra River
London-based architects Studio Octopi proposed a floating pool to activate community interest around the cleanup of the Yarra River.
Egypt uses sewage to grow forests in the desert
To tackle desertification, the Egyptian government is growing tree plantations that thrive on waste water.
Sculptural desalination plant imagined for Santa Monica pier
Pipe is a sustainable water harvesting solution that could produce 4.5 billion litres of clean water for California.
OLO turns smartphones into portable 3D printers
Anyone with a smartphone can digitally fabricate objects with this 3D-printing device.
Robotic lifeguard designed for rapid rescue and recovery
Remote-controlled buoy becomes a tool for quick and efficient sea rescue.
Tired running shoes turned into slippers for school children
GreenSole collects old trainers and transforms them into new shoes for rural kids.
A bamboo city built for communal living
Penda explores the idea of a sustainable urban village made out of bamboo and rope.
Catch an autonomous flying drone to work
Airbus shares plans to develop autonomous flying vehicles in response to land-based traffic congestion.
Shoey Shoes made entirely from waste materials
Student looks into using material offcuts to create a sustainable range of children’s shoes.
Boombox champions nomadic retail spaces
A startup platform that gives emerging businesses access to a public market.
Students create seaweed-based yarn to tackle fashion industry pollution
BioEsters is a bio-based material that presents a sustainable yarn alternative for designers.
Intuitive wardrobe donates unworn clothes to charities
The Internet of Clothes is a creative concept that tackles the over consumption of fashion.
Ceiling lamp made from its own packaging
Dutch design studio creates waste-free lamp from cardboard tubing.
Living armchair makes a comeback
Italian design studio relaunches its well-known grass furniture piece.
Wearable sunscreen device encourages necessary sun protection behaviour
SunZee is a wristband that simplifies sunscreen reapplication during outdoor activities.
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First ever Ghana Pavilion at Venice Art Biennale designed by David Adjaye
• Duration: 00:43:07
9 May 19
The historic event is a celebration of Ghana's untapped cultural capital.
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