W.AFATE 3D Printer

Problem to be solved: Recycle E-Waste

Discarded electronic equipment is one of the world’s fastest-growing sources of waste. It already
is a huge environmental problem in Africa. The massive dump in the Agbogbloshie suburb of
Ghana alone collects hundreds of tons of discarded computers and other toxic e-waste from
Europe and the U.S. each month.

Impact:

Togolese inventor Kodjo Afate Gnikou created the first 3D printer from electronic waste. Afate
built the printer for less than US$100, using rails and belts from old scanners, parts of discarded
desktop computers, and etc. from e-waste dumps. advocacy of recycling such waste for the
social and economic benefit of African households, schools and cyber-cafes.

Designer: Kodjo Afate Gnikou
URL: WAFATE
Country: Germany/Ghana
Year: —

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Cucula Workshop

Problem to be solved: Refugees’ Craft and Design

Along with politicians, artists and collaborators, CUCULA is engaging in practical solutions, to help
people holding refugee status to escape social isolation and the related stigma. A design manu-
facture for sustainable products is growing in a former factory along the Spree river in Berlin.
Refugees are here given the opportunity to learn and experiment collectively.

Impact:

CUCULA gives people, for whom the doors of society are locked, access to education. CUCULA
establish a ‘welcoming culture’, which helps refugees to break with the notion of ‘victimhood’, and
at the same time unfold their self-efficacy and to open up a perspective for a self-determined life.

Designer: CUCULA
URL: CUCULA
Country: Germany
Year: —

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Sandbag Houses

Problem to be solved:

The project replaces traditional brick-and-mortar foundations with a less costly two-story structural frame made from timber combined with sandbag construction as fill for the walls. The design borrows from indigenous, mud-and-wattle building techniques that keep homes cool in summer and warm in winter.

Impact:

Building of the house turned into a community project, with local women pitching in. Inhabitants constructed houses that utilize locally available materials and that can be expanded according to necessity.

Designer: Luyanda Mpahlwa
URL: sandbaghouse.com
Country: Germany
Year: 2007

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