Dreamlike depictions from a Prix Pictet winning photographer

“My work helps me understand life better and understand myself. It allows me to heal and grow as a human being, and to connect with others without having to talk,” explains Joana Choumali. The Ivorian photographic-textile artist depicts life in African cities with embroidery, creating dreamlike scenes that allow her work to comment on mental health, trauma, and hope through a comforting guise.

Born in 1974 and based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Choumali began experimenting with photography as a child. She has always used the medium as a meditative and intimate form…


A resurgence in overgrown greenery is transforming modern buildings and cities, Evergreen Architecture explores how nature and humanity are finding more ways to live in harmony

Throughout much of civilization, architecture has been a medium that marries a residence with verdure and vegetation. One of the first and most notable examples of vertical gardens can be found in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which famously was more roof garden than green walls. In ancient Japan, techniques such as Shokusai (planting) were used to cover buildings with climbing plants and garden architecture. …


Writer Lauren L. Hill talks to one of America’s most accomplished surf documentarians

Sarah Lee’s first foray into underwater photography came at a high school swim meet. In her first year, she jumped into the pool with a borrowed camera and discovered a whole world of beauty and fluidity just below the surface. She witnessed the edges blur between bodies of water and found light and shadow play upon the skin in otherworldly ways.

“It allowed me to experience what was going on around me in a much richer way,” Lee remembers. “Ultimately, photography gave me a sense of contributing…


Writer Mónica R. Goya explores how a successful indoor farming model that was born in Kreuzberg is expanding worldwide

Infarm is a highly efficient vertical indoor farming company that deploys modular farming units inside supermarket aisles and restaurants to bring their fresh living produce closer to the final consumer. Their leafy greens and herbs are grown under artificial lighting hydroponically, meaning plants are cultivated following a soil-free method and fed on a blend of water and nutrient-rich solution. …


Behind the now and how of growing food in the city

“Although urban agriculture is nothing new, a decade ago it was more underground, but today cities everywhere are adopting new practices,” explains co-editor and photographer Valery Rizzo of Urban Farming. As the effects of climate change become ever more present and rebuilding biodiversity becomes a focus, Rizzo understands why this movement has evolved into a mainstream branch of city life. Alongside journalist Mónica R Goya, the creative duo explores contemporary urban agriculture and its global community for our eagerly anticipated release. City-dwellers have been longing for a connection to…


Take a leaf from Beyond The West

To many, South Africa is a savannah with dramatic backdrops and presiding nature that define its people and cultural identity. Whether through a plateau mountain overlooking a city or the forests that are the fabric of the countryside, there is a bond with the landscape that runs through its blood. It marries desert wilderness with the cosmopolitan culture of cities, and this relationship is often displayed through its approach to architecture and design. In Cape Town, a project by Malan Vorster peacefully pairs architectural excellence with the surrounding environment.

Tree House Constantia is…


Writer Tracy Lynn Chemaly delves into one of the most aspirational studios from Beyond The West

Thailand-based architect Boonserm Premthada understands the value of patience. Although having founded Bangkok Project Studio in 2003, a year after graduating with a Master’s degree in Architecture from Chulalongkorn University, his first projects were not completed until 2011. Since then he has achieved worldwide recognition for his approach to the surroundings. He was one of the winners of the 2018 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture under the patronage of UNESCO. …


In the final part of this two-interview installment, Yoko Choy talks to one of China’s most pioneering architects

Last month Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Wang Shu spoke to Yoko Choy, the China editor of Wallpaper*, to continue a conversation that originally began as a feature in our title Beauty and the East. The renowned architect and celebrated writer spoke in detail about the rise of a homegrown design language and a new generation of designers, the popularization of ‘photo architecture,’ and preserving cultural identity for a requisite future ( read part one here). …


Unconventional paths to becoming a business owner

Speak to a thousand different business owners and you’ll hear a thousand different stories about how they came up with their idea. The inspiration for an idea can come from anywhere, anytime, and any place. It might be a vision that has been decades in the making or an epiphany that presents itself at the spur of the moment while standing in a shopping aisle. But the most likely way of all is that it will emerge from the field experience and knowledge you’ve gained while working. …


The start-up manual for creative entrepreneurs

Attitudes to how and where we work have been on a generational change driven by technological advancements, but this shift is likely to pick up pace in a post-pandemic environment. The 9-to-5 office routine is failing and falling out of fashion, the universal one-size-fits-all model of yesteryear is being ushered to the exit in favor of more dynamic styles driven by personal fulfillment. Alongside Courier, we explore the new era of entrepreneurs and today’s progressive start-up culture.

Work Better. Live Smarter. Be Happier. captures the changing face of creative culture around the world and…

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