From shelters for displaced communities and digital design for differently abled people to sustainable megacities, LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex) rights and — as always — a touch of art, magic and whimsy, Design Indaba 2017 foregrounded social impact, innovation and social transformation. "Ours is not a boiler-plate, cookie-cutter methodology. That is too reductionist," Design Indaba founder and director Ravi Naidoo said after the event concluded in Cape Town. The finale at the annual gathering was the unveiling of a prototype for a commemorative arch for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. He was in attendance with Archbishop Emeritus Njongonkulu Ndungane and Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, along with Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, who commissioned the work. The arch — designed by Swedish architects Snøhettain in collaboration with Local Studio — will grace the south entrance of the Company’s Garden near St George’s Cathedral. The structure is composed of 14 wove...

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