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A collective of artists are preserving Mexico's linguistic diversity
“No one can love what he does not know.”
OurArtworks is a creative haven for Mississippi's disabled community
“Anyone who has a disability has the ability to create art.”
Siddhant Shah is bridging the gap between disability and cultural heritage
“Designers and architects live with the misconception that accessibility is only restricted to the physical aspect of a space... that's a fallacy."
This photographer gave homeless people cameras to document their lives
After five days, 45 of the cameras were returned and over 600 images developed. The results were astonishing.
Can the architecture of a prison contribute to the rehabilitation of its inmates?
"Every inmate in Norwegian prisons are going back to the society. Do you want people who are angry — or people who are rehabilitated?”
The all-woman band taking over a space traditionally reserved for men
New York’s Flor de Toloache talk preserving culture, women empowerment and taking on the male-dominated world of Mariachi.
This Angolan innovation hub is helping to transform the nation’s creative sector
We chat to some of the Fábrica de Sabão team about innovation, community upliftment and serving Africa first.
Designer Anne Kiwia upcycles discarded cloths to create high fashion headbands
“We have enough clothes. The world is full of it. We need to start protecting our environment and stop being needless consumers.”
Subverting the gendered implications of wearable tech
TELEXST aims to turn the gendered nature of wearable tech on its head.
Urban designer Alice Cabaret on innovation in challenging places like Maboneng
"[Maboneng] has also helped to open a very needed debate, in academic and social circles, about urban transformation in complex contexts like Johannesburg."
Could embracing the informality of South Africa’s chaotic taxi industry do more good than bad?
Researcher and urban planner Zonke Mkhomazi discusses the history and future of transport in South Africa.
Ify Ojo tells the stories we never hear through textile design
The Nigerian, Canada-based designer pays tribute to the women of Africa with Stèlà Textile.
#GlobalGrad Tshepo Mokholo on innovating traditional architectural practises
The Soweto-born architect, who is also a former Emerging Creative, tells us how a chance meeting landed him in Kigali.
Lebo Mashile to MC Design Indaba Conference for the second time
The multi talented South African performance artist blew the audience away in 2018, here's why:
Images of Minnesota’s immigrant community highlight the people most affected by the US immigration crisis
“The ache for home lives in all of us…”
Navigating South Africa’s convoluted minibus taxi system
The creator of the popular GauRider App, Litha Soyizwapi has plans to revolutionise the way we catch a taxi.
On the first national memorial to victims of lynching in the US
Designed by MASS Design Group, who have offices in Boston and in Kigali, the memorial relies on sculpture, art, and design to contextualise racial terror.
Cultivating mini farms aboard cargo ships
This student-designed collapsible farm could help utilise the massive amounts of wasted space created by shipping containers.
Sebastian Gier's futuristic Xplore project nominated for Dezeen Award
Since his presentation at Antenna in 2017, the German designer has been making big waves.
Elaine Ramos: "A good cover captures the essence of the book.”
The former art director at Cosac Naify, Ramos uses the production of books as an exercise in experimental design.
Here's why the changing advertising agency hasn't scared David Droga
“Logical people make the world go round, but creative people make it worth living in.”
This women-led tech school has an innovative curriculum at its core
"I make it a priority to work with women and persons from under-represented communities in the tech world because times have changed..."
Joyce Simbine Saiete on how architectural interventions can aid Mozambican resettlement
Her thesis takes the challenges of resettlement in the region and turns them into opportunities.
Architect Annabelle Selldorf announced as Design Indaba speaker for 2019
The founder of Selldorf Architects’ design language is quietly classic and highly considered.
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