How Local Life-Hacks Inform Design in Africa

In Zimbabwe, African architect Maxwell Mutanda is tapping into the resourcefulness of local businesses and street vendors to improve their working conditions. Instead of introducing new designs to their already set-up rigs, he gauges their needs and offers adaptable infrastructure that they can take and customize—including flooring, shelving, composting toilets and rain-catching umbrellas. This ideology goes beyond just Mutanda, though, as companies like Urban Think Tank and Ikhayalami Development Services have also adopted local community’s life-hacks into their own designs. Read more at Quartz.