Nigerian Kunle Adeyemi's floating school in Makoko, Lagos, has received widespread international appeal and won the acclaimed architect several awards.
For the past four years, Cape Town collective Shift has been working closely with communities to inspire sustainable design, working towards universal social, environmental and economic well-being.
Nobody thinks of snails as cute and cuddly critters, but Snailboy is an unconventional hero. And he is rapidly growing his fanbase. The South African mobile phone game is a download hit in the US and China.
The funky little suburb of Woodstock on the edge of the Cape Town city bowl, is fizzing with creative energy. It is helping to power the Mother City's design engine, which has already conjured up Design Indaba and Guild Design Fair, and it is revelling in the World Design Capital designation this year.