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Yemi Kacoutie on immersing herself in the world of building design
20 Dec 17
"Architects don’t just design buildings, they also influence the impact these buildings have on the humans who occupy them."
South Africa meets Japan while design meets culture
19 Dec 17
“Ultimately, we believe that our uniqueness does not come from specific elements of African or Asian cultures, it just stems from us."
It’s time to start pumping for groundwater – but at what cost?
6 Nov 17
As Cape Town reaches a critical stage of drought, we look at whether tapping into groundwater is a viable alternative.
A new hydroelectric canal reuses fresh and marine water to provide electricity
1 Nov 17
This Hydroelectric project reconnects and reuses fresh and marine water systems.
Eindhoven University of Technology unveils world’s first 3D printed bridge
30 Oct 17
Built with cyclists in mind, the bridge can withstand loads up to two tonnes.
Fernando Laposse wins at the Future Food Design Awards
28 Oct 17
The awards, which were held during Dutch Design Week, had a total of 73 projects from 24 different countries.
Sketchcase transforms your Laptop into a portable whiteboard
26 Oct 17
The perfect laptop skin for creatives.
Scientists say they’ve overcome one of the final barriers to making lifelike robots
20 Oct 17
“It’s the closest artificial material equivalent we have to a natural muscle.”
This Cato Manor museum is a shining example of architectural confidence and authenticity
10 Oct 17
Made up of connecting nodes, the museum space can change and adapt to suit the needs of the community.
Holograms to be used to help heart surgeons during medical procedures
2 Oct 17
The device will be the first commercial system allowing clinicians a true holographic experience.
UK student designs a gardening tool to help the elderly
28 Sep 17
The Greencart was recently awarded a James Dyson Award for student innovation.
Cutting-edge graphene paint takes ecological architecture to a new level
6 Sep 17
This lime-based coating is quickly becoming an industry standard with its thermal & eco-friendly qualities.
This electricity generating yarn could change the face of wearable tech
31 Aug 17
The carbon nanotube yarn generates electricity with just a tug.
The inflatable garden that could sustain life on Mars and beyond
29 Aug 17
This NASA project would see astronauts on a self-sustaining vegetarian diet for longer trips across the cosmos.
Kolor Art Collective’s latest work questions what it means to be ‘normal’
23 Aug 17
Photographed by Pol Kurucz, the brazenly avant-garde series defies conventionalities.
Meet Carolyn Davidson, the woman behind the iconic Nike Swoosh
21 Aug 17
The retired graphic designer created the logo while she was still a student at Portland State University. The job earned her $35 back then.
Exhibiting photography at roadhouses to celebrate this fading social culture
18 Aug 17
Night By Roadhouse brings local and international photography to a wide, non gallery-going audience in Johannesburg.
SaveArtSpace turns billboards into public art canvasses
17 Aug 17
The initiative aims to empower artists from all walks of life and inspire a new generation of young creatives.
A 30 foot warship made from plastic debris is hoping to draw attention to ocean pollution
14 Aug 17
The Surfers Against Sewage initiative is highlighting the world’s largest ocean garbage site.
This wearable sticker set could help prevent sexual assault
3 Aug 17
Developed by a researcher at MIT, Intrepid can detect if somebody is taking off your clothes.
Coline Mauroy’s Homemade project investigates ‘self-building’ in high-density environments
1 Aug 17
“Architecture is not only about making a building beautiful, it’s more about thinking about a space that can provide a better way of living".
Visual artist Chris Saunders talks collaboration and inspiration
24 Jul 17
We caught up with the former Design Indaba Emerging Creative to find out what he’s been working on.
The colour-changing T-shirt that detects the presence of water pollution
21 Jul 17
This T-shirt line reveals some of the more shocking effects of climate change.
This breathable workout suit helps you cool down after a sweaty gym session
21 Jul 17
Researchers at MIT use living cells to give this unique garment a cool advantage.
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