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Design Collaborations Revitalize Traditional Craft Techniques

By David South, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions SOUTH-SOUTH CASE STUDY Keeping alive traditional craft techniques and methods in the age of globalization is a tricky balance to get right. As countries seek to increase living standards and income, traditional craft-making methods are often jettisoned in favour of attracting manufacturing and other high-value activities – meaning rich […]

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Better by Design in China

By David South, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions SOUTH-SOUTH CASE STUDY In recent decades, China has been known more for its inexpensive manufactured goods than as a producer of high quality products. But this is changing as the country seeks to move up the economic chain. China’s long-established design traditions were largely overlooked as the country made […]

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Putting Quality and Design at the Centre of Chinese Fashion

By David South, Development Challenges, South-South Solutions SOUTH-SOUTH CASE STUDY  Awareness of the sourcing of materials for fashion has been on the rise in the past decade. Concerns about how the global fashion industry functions and its impact on the environment have given rise to savvy retailers who take care over the sourcing of their materials […]

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Brazilian Design For New Urban, Middle-Class World

Countries across the global South are experiencing rapid urbanization as people move to cities for better economic opportunities — and this massive social change is creating new business opportunities. Those who recognize how fundamentally people’s lifestyles are changing will be those who will benefit from this big shift in populations. Finding ways to live well […]