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Changing our notions of acceptance
Christoph Zellweger, a Design Indaba speaker in 2008, has released his latest body of work entitled Domesticated, exploring our notions of beauty.
Peepoople restore dignity to those without sanitation
Rural communities are constantly under the threat of diseases and social ills due to a lack of sanitation.
Adding taste and smell to the digital experience
Sending scents via the internet is a future reality thanks to research from Mixed Reality Lab in London.
Feeling without touching is the latest technology from UltraHaptics
Ultrahaptics have developed a sound wave-based mid-air haptic feedback system that emulates touch.
Wearable determines health status from your sweat
Professors from the University of Berkley, California have developed groundbreaking wearable technology that analyses your sweat for up to date health results.
Worm farm becomes world leader in trash economics
A vermiculture project has catapulted Tom Szask into the leader of eco-capitalism.
Uganda’s clay and rice husk water filtration system
Access to safe drinking water in rural Uganda is a major health concern, but two graduates may have found a way to help.
A burka made from sugar challenges modern perceptions
Worn by Muslim women all over the world, the burka has been a controversial topic for centuries.
Gecko-like grip soon to be within reach of humans
Engineers at Stanford University have developed adhesive materials that mimic a gecko’s gripping power.
A burial suit to better decompose your body
The Infinity Burial Project greens-up your funeral with a suit that devours your corpse.
Kids' craziest inventions become reality
In a world where we think nothing new can be created, inventors like Dominic Wilcox come and shatter that thought to pieces.
Saving food from the fridge
Jihyun Ryou is transferring traditional methods of food preservation through her storage design.
The Infinite Happiness
"The Infinite Happiness" is a feature length documentary investigating and experiencing the lives of those who live and work in the "8 House".
Emotional objects by .Yuue
.Yuue, a design studio in Berlin, puts hidden messages in their product design.
Design that forces us to rethink our choices
Dr Matthias Laschke designed "Pleasurable Troublemakers" to create moments where we have no choice but to reconsider our options.
Surfing into the future on a more eco-friendly board
Surfing might be seen as the environments greenest sport, but building a board has its environmental cost.
Local jazz musician Kyle Shepherd is inspired by the local music legacy
At age 29, Kyle Shepherd has released five acclaimed albums, performed globally and collaborated with local and international jazz masters.
Gideon Roos: Architect, designer-maker, father
South African Gideon Roos manages to hold down a job as a landscape architect in the Middle East while making furniture and raising his son in SA.
Beatenberg: The three freshest faces of South African pop
We talk to South African pop band Beatenberg about playing with Mumford and Sons, girls they date and the aesthetics of Cape Town suburbia.
Kites could harness power from the wind
Soon high-flying kites could be harnessing the potential power from the wind as a cheaper alternative to wind turbines.
Malaika Honey aims to alleviate poverty in Uganda with bees
The Malaika Honey programme is providing skills training and education to allow poor communities in Uganda to make a steady income through beekeeping.
Rooftop cities and backyard saunas in Stockholm
Anders Berensson Architects in Stockholm are building fold-out backyard saunas and designing walkways in the sky to accommodate the city's growing population.
Building unique bicycles in his spare time
BouwerWorks is an independent bicycle-building company in Stellenbosch that creates unique bicycles for modern commuters.
"Mavis!" is the first feature-length documentary on gospel and soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, the Staple Singers.
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