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Robotic traffic officers direct cars on Kinshasa’s roads
Solar-powered robotic traffic cops have been “hired” to regulate the disorderly traffic in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The world’s first design museum built inside a Mumbai slum
The artists also aim to question the word “slum” because of the ways in which it ignores the complexity and dynamism of a community.
Tatsuya Honda's hairpin enables you to feel sounds
This graduate of the Future University Hakode has designed a more intuitive aid for hearing impaired users that translates sound to vibration.
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.”
How to build your own prosthetic using LEGO
Carlos Arturo Torres has designed a creative prosthetic system for children to explore and empower their creativity in a playful and social way —using LEGO.
Classic: Minedumps and Tokoloshes
In a 2015 interview, South African comics artists Ray Whitcher and Moray Rhoda talk about bringing the genre closer to home.
Thai architects develop a building typology for disaster-resistant schools
Vin Varavarn Architects, a Bangkok-based firm, developed a new architectural typology for earthquake resistant schools.
Moeketsi Lebakeng’s minimal illustrations pay tribute to Africa’s women
Moeketsi Lebakeng uses illustration to celebrate his everyday heroes – African women.
Helen Borg’s illustrations prove that a little bit of cheek goes a long way
Using a handful of quirk and a pinch of cheek, Helen Borg’s illustrations question and mock the pleasures and emotions surrounding desire in our society.
Zun Lee’s photographs alternate notions of black fatherhood in America
Zun Lee picked up a camera to relieve work stress and ended up capturing a poignant series of photos that challenge stereotypes of black families in America.
Spanish building presents new design typologies for social housing
Spanish architects researched a new typology to improve living conditions and develop sustainable quality housing. The result is the 317 Social Housing Units.
Rudi Geyser photographs Cape Town's defiant women
Rudi Geyser has photographed a series of portraits featuring young women based in Cape Town. The collection explores the personal identities of his subjects.
Eddy Kamuanga draws inspiration from the hybridity and complexity of Kinshasa
Eddy Kamuanga Illunga calls Kinshasa his home and the cultural complexity, hybridity and cosmopolitan nature of the city inspires his paintings.
A portrait of Barbara Kruger, popular culture, words and captivating images
Meet visual artist Barbara Kruger. Her combination of image and jarring text has permeated popular culture.
The new collection by Eva Sonaike takes its inspiration from West African modernism
Eva Sonaike, a London based lifestyle brand, has produced the Falomo collection, another luxurious series of home accessories inspired by African architecture.
The final shortlist for the world's biggest photo competition is in
From the largest number of entries in their nine year history, the Sony World Photography Awards have released their final shortlist for this year’s competition
Using DIY-biotechnology, Kazuya Kawasaki is changing the fashion of the future
Kazuya Kawasaki is a graduate of Keio University and a bio-activist using speculative design to pursue the possiblities of growing materials for fashion.
Joselyn Umutoniwase: Representing Rwanda through fashion
Joselyn Umutoniwase quit filmmaking to focus on starting Rwanda Clothing, a Kigali-based label representing fashion in her home country.
The chocolatier bringing social change to Haiti
Corinne Joachim Sanon converted her grandfather’s house into a bean-to-bar chocolaterie and created jobs along the way.
Hexagonal emergency housing designed to perform on a long-term basis
Hex House is a low-cost house designed by Architects for Society to accommodate people displaced by disaster or conflict.
Hilary Cottam: Social problems can be solved by using new digital solutions
Social designer and Design Indaba Conference speaker Hillary Cottam posits that digital tools are the key to innovative solutions to modern social problems.
The women of Botswana's heavy metal culture prove again that Africa isn't singular
South African photographer Paul Shiakallis documents the Queens of "Marok", the leather-wearing women of Botswana’s heavy metal scene.
Tiger Maremela uses digital collage to examine black masculinities in the “Rainbow Nation”
Joburg-based Tiger Maremela uses popular South African consumer products in their digital art to examine capitalism, modernisation and black masculinities.
Ugandan motor company unveils Africa's first solar bus
Uganda-based Kiira Motors revealed the first solar-powered bus in Africa – the Kayoola prototype bus.
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