Design Indaba

Design Indaba Blog: 10×10 One Year On

Last year Patrick reported on the progress of 10×10, the social housing project launched by Cape Town’s Design Indaba with the aim of approaching ten of the world’s best architects to help build 100 new homes in the Freedom Park district of Mitchell’s Plain, one of the many townships that make up the vast area known as Cape Flats. On Saturday, Luyanda Mpahlwa, the architect behind the first series of houses to be built for the project showed the 2009 Indaba guests some finished examples: one of which, shown above, is now a new home to Mrs Jonkers and her family; the first inhabitants of Mitchell’s Plain to see the benefits – and illustrate the potential – of the 10×10 project…

Design Indaba Blog: Nobumichi Tosa

By way of a summation of the array of ideas at his disposal, Adam and Joe’s BBC3 profile of artist Nobumichi Tosa and his Meiwa Denki organisation is well worth a look here. Tosa just performed at the Design Indaba and, via a series of videos, went through many of his Nonsense Machines that have delighted audiences all over the world. While his singing robots (who have working vocal cords made of rubber) were actually quite moving, one of my favourite pieces would have to be his “machine for moving a dead fish”. Yep, that’s really all it does. But then, it does do it very well indeed.