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The women putting Nigerian creativity on the world map
As the creativity season kicks off in Nigeria, we highlight the women behind making it happen from art to design.
Biodesign, tech and the future of sustainable fashion
We look at some of the designers working at the intersection of technology, biology and fashion to make more sustainable garments.
On why design cannot be divorced from economic development in Africa
Architect Mariam Kamara, says she believes that design stands to open up new avenues for solving problems on the continent.
On building African smart cities
Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou: "The problems we will face tomorrow in Africa are so big that we can’t count only on the politicians and experts to find solutions."
Pili is using bacteria to make a more sustainable dye
Could this spell a more sustainable solution to using petrochemical dyes in the textile industry?
Merging architecture, entrepreneurship and digital fabrication in Cameroon
"Ours is the first digital manufacturing laboratory for architecture and design in Africa," African Fabbers School founder Paolo Cascone.
Natsai Audrey Chieza on working with nature to help solve fashion's waste problem
She talks about projects that include dyeing clothes using bacteria, developing a residency programme and her love for Solange, Mafikizolo and Bjork.
Solar Foods is growing food out of air
This edible protein promises a future of meat-free lasagna or dairy-free drinks made using carbon dioxide captured from the air.
Atolye on creating a space where community and strategic design meet
"There are many untapped markets as well as industries that need radical interventions" says architect Nesile Yalcin.
Colourful totems in Poland carry strong message about climate change
Totemy by Alicja Biała and former Design Indaba speaker, Iwo Borkowicz, symbolises the relationship between people and the forces of nature.
Sunny Dolat wants to set a new standard for African fashion
A small island off the coast of West Africa is about to host a truly representative African arts and fashion festival.
How artists and architects are helping residents to claim their right to the city
Grigri Pixel invited a group a creatives from Africa and Spain to work together in Madrid to try and find out.
Post-colonial Congolese architecture: green, local and volcanic
Designer Nicolas-Patience Basabose talks about the past and the future of architecture in the DRC.
DJ Steloo's latest work looks to the ocean for inspiration
Called Stitches From The Ocean, the Accra-based creative says he wanted to let the audience into the other side of his creative process.
Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala on new ways to tackle electricity shortage in Uganda
The CEO of Bakulu Power takes us through their work in Buvuma, one of the only districts without electricity in the country.
Faith XLVII talks about the importance of staging Aurum in South Africa
The artist and her collaborators, Pure and Inka Kendzia, talk to us about the interactive performance piece.
Jomo Tariku on changing perceptions around what constitutes modern furniture
“The modern furniture industry treats African furniture as something of a novelty,” says the Ethiopian-American furniture designer.
Faith XLVII on the power of collaboration
"Entering into collaborations with key people in my life has helped me rediscover my root inspiration."
Spanish mural artist, Okuda, uses art to bridge cultural borders
His murals have transformed degraded and abandoned buildings into unique colourful spaces around the world
Feyi Olubodun on what international brands get wrong about the African consumer
"I argue very strongly that sophistication and westernisation don’t mean the same thing. You can be sophisticated and not be westernised."
On building a disappearing city in the Moroccan Sahara
"As designers, architects know how to build cities, but our field as a whole has not yet grasped how to make them disappear."
Wanuri Kahiu on using film to talk about Africans as joyful and radiant
“I realised that there is more images and more stories of joy than there is of remorse,” Kahiu says of her search for African stories of joy.
Cross Cultural Chairs examines the role of the chair in our modern society
"Analysing a chair you can understand the stature of a culture, what kind of materials they used and what kind of techniques they knew."
Designer Ini Archibong on merging myth and reality to create The Secret Garden
The ECAL graduate spoke about overcoming a difficult time, his design process and the importance of fulfilling a higher purpose.
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