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Tanzanian photographer dispels menstruation taboos
Elizabeth Mwambulukutu uses visual arts to tackle underlying perceptions in her country.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
Lebo Mashile on her life and how poetry and books became a lifeline
“Criss-crossing, jumping identities has been the story of my life.”
This children's home enables residents to be part of the construction process
Langbos makes use of a simplified building process that ensures that anyone can build, eliminating heavy, expensive equipment and hard labour.
South Africa meets Japan while design meets culture
“Ultimately, we believe that our uniqueness does not come from specific elements of African or Asian cultures, it just stems from us."
Design is all-encompassing but is it always all-inclusive?
Hidden Women of Design is a series of talks committed to encouraging and supporting female designers.
Meet Carolyn Davidson, the woman behind the iconic Nike Swoosh
The retired graphic designer created the logo while she was still a student at Portland State University. The job earned her $35 back then.
A new look at gangsterism in South African townships
A creative alternative to fighting gangsterism in South Africa.
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