Articles tagged South Africa


What did it take to build Africa's first museum of contemporary art?

Cape Town – While transforming 42 concrete silos into Africa’s first museum of contemporary art, Heatherwick Studio added convex glazing to the original structure. 


From Design Indaba, four projects that use spatial design to empower communities

Cape Town – From schools that double as community centres to drone-based systems that help doctors better use hospital space, these projects rethink rural buildings.


‘Architecture is one of the most powerful conduits of culture and self-representation'

Cape Town – Mariam Kamara’s journey and her firm’s architecture and research approach will be the topic of her talk during this year’s Design Indaba Conference.


Missing something from European design? Look to Africa, says Ravi Naidoo

Eindhoven – With social consciousness close to heart, the Design Indaba and Interactive Africa founder wants to show that there is a world of innovation to be shared from Africa.

Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital by Sheppard Robson. Photos Tristan McLaren

Sheppard Robson's domestic-scale hospital puts children at ease

JOHANNESBURG – The official opening of the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital is the realisation of a dream to improve the facilities available to treat seriously ill children.

Designer Laduma Ngxokolo will speak at What Design Can Do in Amsterdam on 8 & 9 May 2014 (illustration by Vukile Batyi).

My Heritage, My Inheritance by Laduma Ngxokolo

At What Design Can Do in Amsterdam (8 & 9 May 2014), there promises to be a vehemently fashionable crowd in attendance. British fashion icon Sir Paul Smith was announced last week as a guest …

Designer Lio De Bruin joins Common Methods...

Common Methods

Everyone works differently – some are influenced by culture while others follow their own path. Design initiator and curator Matylda Krzykowski has teamed up with media-based designer Agata …

Drawing by Andrew Gilbert, courtesy of the artist and the gallery

Andrew Gilbert at Ten Haaf Projects

Berlin-based Scottish artist Andrew Gilbert revels in his ironic exploration of the British empire and its excesses, recreating historic events with a fantastical twist and paying great attention to …

Kendell Geers, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 160 x 210 cm, courtesy of the artist and the gallery

Alpha Bête by Kendell Geers

Johannesburg-born artist Kendell Geers comes from a complex cultural background: he grew up in a white, working-class Afrikaans family of Jehovah’s Witnesses during the stormy period of apartheid. …

Mary Sibande, Wish you were here, 2010, courtesy of Momo Gallery Johannesburg

My Joburg at La Maison Rouge

Johannesburg is home to many vibrant communities, and a new exhibition at la maison rouge in Paris certainly demonstrates the changing sociopolitical realities of the South African city. My Joburg

Wilhelm Saayman, There can only be one boss, 2012, oil on canvas, 123 x 96 cm, image courtesy of the gallery

Wilhelm Saayman: In Season Five Everyone Dies

Johannesburg-based painter Wilhelm Saayman presents his new solo exhibition at Erdmann Contemporary in Cape Town. In Season Five Everyone Dies is the fruit of Saayman’s febrile imagination: his …

'A Greek Goddess up to No Good'.

A Greek Goddess Up to No Good by Jan Neethling

Johannesburg-based painter Jan Neethling's latest solo exhibition features a bold slate of new work, evoking a colourful portrait of contemporary South Africa.