Robotics in Sub-Saharan Africa

Investigating New Design Typologies and visual strategies emerging from African Megacities.

DesignX is a rally for global design exchanges; for experiment and creative crossings between arts and digital practice; for actively addressing critical moments in history through design.

AfriDesignX, the first chapter, brings together designers, technological innovators, curators and material culture scholars from six different cities – Dakar (Senegal), Accra (Ghana), Nairobi (Kenya), Cape Town (South Africa), London (UK) and Oxford (UK) – to investigate new design typologies and visual strategies emerging from African megacities. We operate across one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the world (the East African ‘Silicon Savannah’), Pan-African robotics networks (AFRON, FundiBots), burgeoning intergalactic space programmes and a proliferation of digital innovation hubs.

This project is lead by Cher Potter, London College of Fashion/ Victoria and Albert Museum Senior Research Fellow, as part of a design in society investigation funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

The work features a set of designer toolkits, Professor of Industrial Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the President of the World Design Organisation, Mugendi M’Rithaa, presents the human-centred design process. For more information, see AfriDesginX.

Date: ongoing

LCF Academic: Cher Potter

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