Articles tagged South Africa

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Why Maurice Mbikayi believes art can help ‘parties understand the need for changes’ in our environments

In our publication Can Art Aid in Resolving Conflicts?: 100 Perspectives, Mbikayi explains how art can serve as an interstice in conflict areas.

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Openings: Hospitality hotspots in Santa Monica, Shenzhen, South Africa and beyond

Our latest Openings list includes a variety of hospitality spaces designed with cross-cultural references in mind.

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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. 

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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.

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‘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.

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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
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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).
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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...
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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
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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
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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
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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

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