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Meet the landscape architect determined to save Bangkok from drowning
“The health of the city is directly related to the health of the people. Right now the city is sick so we are all sick,” Kotchakorn Voraakhom.
Typeface inspired by the movement of dance
Typographers María Ramos and Noel Pretorius together with dancer Andile Vellem have launched Movement, a new font inspired by the art of dance.
Reviving the history of cocoa production in Ghana
The team behind the concept will be exhibiting at Design Indaba Festival 2019 to showcase design and architecture's role in shaping place
South African artist Faith XLVII returns to Design Indaba Conference
She’s no stranger to Design Indaba, now Faith XLVII returns to our annual conference on creativity to present a never-before-seen performance
Tanzanian photographer dispels menstruation taboos
Elizabeth Emmanuel uses visual arts to tackle underlying perceptions in her country.
Designing a way to build bonds between strangers
Social designer Manon van Hoeckel creates spaces, art pieces and experiences that confront divides between people.
What will food look like in the future, especially for the elderly
Himori Kimoto believes dignity and play should form a big part of the way we design our future meals.
Making sense of Ghana’s built environment with architect Alice Asafu-Adjaye
Design needs to be driven more by people’s needs and less by ego, says the architect.
Rebuilding Somalia’s ruined cities
The civil war in Somalia has not only destroyed the lives of countless people – it also left behind many ruined cities.
Friends forever – until the connection drops
Just how will artificial intelligence affect the world of design and the job of the designer? It could become a win-win situation.
Art collective tells painful stories of the displaced
Foundland Collective uses research, art and design to track the traumatic stories of people affected by forced migration.
Accra's Arch Xenus is redefining what it means to be a successful architectural firm
We met the founder and principal architect who shared more about their approach to business.
On designing spaces with people's mental health in mind
Siphilele Magagula on life after her conceptual Empathy Museum, fundraising to continue her studies and creating more spaces that heal.
Somali Architecture students are stitching back the country's built heritage digitally
The collective has been invited to represent the country at this year's London Design Biennale.
Michelle Mlati's afrofuturist approach to spatial planning
“It is about spatially rewriting the city to not only mitigate apartheid spatial legacies...but one that transforms with evolving black culture.”
LINKUP uses design to tackle unemployment
Devised by service designer Hazel Scrimgeour, LINKUP is a platform set to make a difference to South Africa's unemployed youth.
FaceThis is doing it for the kids
This initiative turns Indonesian kids' drawings into school funding through international collaboration.
Looking to Afrofuturism 3.0
"Before you actually physically pursue freedom or build a better future you have to imagine it first."
What a cup of tea teaches us about the value of water
Shaakira Jassat's ThirTEA for One project highlights the hidden footprint in the lifecycle of the products we consume.
Minimal Exposure on careful, considered, slow fashion
“I find it difficult to call ourselves a fashion brand because the term fashion to me implies fast and fleeting.”
AZEEMA is here to display beauty and dispel myths
“It is a celebration of heritage, culture and diversity, yet equally a champion for empowerment and progressive change."
How architecture shapes national identity and helps us understand history
“We shape our buildings, and afterwards, our buildings shape us.”
How GetSmarter’s distance learning overhaul created a $100m company
The brothers Sam & Rob Paddock explain the "deliberate design" behind the e-learning empire's success.
Future forms of concrete, plastic could be both sustainable and eco-friendly
“The polymers can be chemically recycled and reused, in principle, infinitely.”
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