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Hayoung Kim’s lamps draw inspiration from handheld fans
As a user moves them, much in the same way one would fold and unfold a handheld fan, the light dims.
City residents are helping design public space with Minecraft
The popular video game has proven a useful tool for community engagement.
Swedish clinic designed with the country's refugee population in mind
Rejecting the traditional strict clean lines typical of medical centers, the design team explored the concept of a bright facade with an unusual 3D effect.
What if you could 3D print your own home in a matter of hours?
The ICON project’s Vulcan printer creates concrete homes in record time.
Young scientist develops possible solution for shack fires
Gabriella Mogale’s innovation won gold at the 2017 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists.
David Adjaye designs Ghana’s new National Cathedral
To be built in the city of Accra, the project marks Adjaye Associates’ first major project in the capital.
How can architecture aid those who experience exclusion?
This new initiative seeks to explore urban environments from the perspective of a teenage girl.
This Swedish firm builds multiple-storey homes entirely from wood
Folkhem is leading the charge when it comes to this environmentally-minded mandate.
Art as an exploration of the self and an interrogation of the world with Buhlebezwe Siwani
"I’ve always said if art doesn’t engage socially what are you making it for?"
Sweden’s Self-Built City offers solutions to the country’s housing shortage
The collaborative project seeks to turn refugees into self-sufficient builders.
Aiming for Democratic Architecture exhibition taps into the role of architecture in democracy
At the exhibition, held in Stockholm recently, Design Indaba chatted to MYCKET, a women-led design firm.
Alia Youssef’s The Sisters Project disrupts tired perceptions of Muslim women
The photographer explores the diverse narratives of the Canadian Muslim community.
Lebo Mashile breathes inner life into the story of Saartjie Baartman
“For the first time, Saartjie's life as an artist and as a performer – because she defined herself as an artist – made a lot of sense to me."
This stylish and smart clothing range stretches as your children grow
Redesigning children's garments to lower costs and minimise environmental impact.
Urban designer Alice Cabaret on innovating in challenging contexts like Maboneng
"[Maboneng] has also helped to open a very needed debate, in academic and social circles, about urban transformation in complex contexts like Johannesburg."
The Ki Ecobe shoe doesn’t use a single drop of glue
The revolutionary, modular footwear can be self-assembled in less than five minutes.
Nixie Girl rethinks menstrual cups for a new generation
Redesigning menstrual products to appeal to a younger market.
Ify Ojo tells the stories we never hear through textile design
The Nigerian, Canada-based designer pays tribute to the women of Africa with Stèlà Textile.
Photographer Sarah Waiswa’s striking imagery explores the persecution of those with albinism
Called Stranger In a Familiar Land, her photo series addresses the treatment of those with the condition in Africa.
Campbell Addy is disrupting the homogeneity of stock photography
The photographer’s partnership with Getty Images is diversifying their imagery.
Lonny van Ryswyck took to the Design Indaba stage to discuss a diminishing resource: sand
What happens when the world runs out of sand?
Edel Rodriguez on protesting the Trump era through art
The Cuban-born illustrator brings his Trump-era protest art to Design Indaba Conference 2018.
Lebo Mashile premiered her theatre piece on Saartjie Baartman at Design Indaba 2018
She was joined on stage by Anne Masina to perform Saartjie vs. Venus, a play that boldly interrogated aspects of black feminine identity.
Thomas Heatherwick's Zeitz MOCAA wins Cultural Architecture Award
ArchDaily has named this design a winner of the 2018 Building Of The Year Awards.
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