Within the various form of creative and artistic expressions, design is probably the one that has the greatest interrelation with our everyday lives and therefore the greatest potential to change our world. What we wear, what we use, what we drive or where we live have all necessarily gone through a designing process in the beginning.
Design Indaba Lab features designs that have taken into consideration not only functionality or aesthetics, but also the impact on the environment. From their perspective, creativity is a commodity that has the potential to positively affect the economy, a natural resource that can be exploited to improve the environment. The lab is part of Design Indaba Trust, a non-profit that is dedicated to design education in South Africa.
Here are some examples collected by Design Indaba Lab of how creative ideas have helped to uplift our world. These kind of actions and approaches can lead us to a new future where our potential is focused on creating a cleaner, safer, happier and better planet.
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ADD A FEW HOURS A DAY
Using existing technology, Irvine-Halliday was able to assemble and distribute a revolutionary solid state lighting system. The system incorporates white-light-emitting diodes that are hundreds of times brighter than a kerosene lamp and use less than 1% of the energy of an ordinary light bulb. Powered by a battery charged by a small, 5 watt solar panel, the system requires no conventional electricity and is affordable and easy to produce, making it a viable light source even in the most remote areas. So far 20,000 households have been given light.
PUT A ROOF OVER PEOPLE’S HEADS
This 14 square meters foldaway house contains two windows, electrical fittings and a door, weighs only 800kg and can be erected in under 5 minutes. The house is easily transportable and folds down to a mere 40 centimeters thick, making it ideal for disaster relief. 100% modular, several houses can be combined to accommodate larger families. It was designed as a temporary housing solution for those left homeless by natural disasters. Up to 300 families can be housed every month.
DesignerRajan & Elsie Harinarain
KEEP MILK COLD IN THE DESERT
How do you create refrigeration where there is no electricity, where temperatures top 44°C and where dust-laden winds sweep the landscape for much of the year? The answer is the desert refrigerator.
This system of two earthenware pots, one within the other and separated by wet sand, was inspired by ancient knowledge of evaporation. The desert refrigerator is able to keep fruit, vegetables and drinks fresh for days in arid climates and has transformed the lives of thousands of people on the African Continent. 150,000 fridges distributed
DesignerMohammed Bah Abba
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