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The AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Award recognises contributions that bring sustainable innovation to both urban and rural living environments through an integrated approach to communities, planning, research, architecture, building practice, natural systems and technology. Find more here.

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Beyond agroforestry: An introduction to Syntropic Farming.

Beyond agroforestry: An introduction to Syntropic Farming.

When it comes to current conversations around Agroforestry, there seems to be an impression that this agricultural system only suits the tropics. Many believe that the processes in Agroforestry systems don’t lend themselves to more temperate climates, as they would be too slow to meet high productivity demands. Swiss farmer Ernst Götsch, founder of the Syntropic Farming movement, however, thinks differently.

AfriSam-SAIA winner profile: House Burnett Prinsloo

AfriSam-SAIA winner profile: House Burnett Prinsloo

Designed to adapt to changing needs through the stages of life, House Burnett Prinsloo comfortably accommodates alternative uses such as working from home, single family usage and potential accommodation for an elderly person with a caregiver. Designed by architect Robert de Jager, this project was a recipient of the 2017/2018 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Design.

Kenyan artist creates eccentric eyeglasses from e-waste

Kenyan artist creates eccentric eyeglasses from e-waste

Cyrus Kabiru is a self-taught painter and sculptor living in Nairobi. Kabiru’s sculptural work epitomises his role as a ‘collector’ of Nairobi’s cast-offs, which he repurposes into various forms. He is perhaps best known for his playful C-STUNNERS collection, an ongoing work in which Kabiru creates and wears artistic glasses made from electronic waste.