What can Africa teach the powerhouses of industrial design? Part I of IV — Scarcity is a tough teacher

There’s nothing romantic about people being so desperate for building materials, they’ll strip a newly built school down to its foundations. But constraints can lead to clever creative breakthroughs – a principle every designer knows. Some very smart solutions in sustainable, tech and product design are emerging from the African continent. Design Indaba has been championing these examples of African innovation since it was founded in 1995, with coverage now like never before. Go to designindaba.com for stories about African makers and creators with a singular, make-do approach to materiality, transforming what’s at hand into unexpected objects and designs that delight.

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