“The African cradle”: sustainable design and creations in Africa

Lecture: Dr. David Goss

During the last few years the discourse on sustainable design has become center stage, following this there have also been major changes in the modes of production, consumption, and discussion concerning African creations.

In this course we will discuss, with examples of African design and creations, how sustainability and ecological thinking, map out the faults of the previous modes and enable higher levels of eco-social awareness. Promote advances towards fair-trade; “Cradle to cradle” thinking; and an improvement of local daily life, etc.

An emphasis on the alternatives to industrialized design and production that harms the environment enables a rethinking of contemporary African creations (materials, production modes, products, packaging, and more…).