DIF Studio Unlocking urban innovation in Ghana's scrapyards

  • Speakers:
  • DK Osseo-Asare
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We’re all aware that the technology from the Global North often ends up causing a waste problem in the Global South. Our guest in this show spotted an opportunity to turn this problem into a huge opportunity for young people in Ghana. DK Osseo-Asare’s work, outlined in this TED talk, gained worldwide attention for all the right reasons: skilling up young Ghanians, creating entrepreneurial opportunities, and eliminating waste streams are just a part of the story. Join us in this live discussion to find out more about the work of Agbogbloshie and how it can be replicated elsewhere.


DK Osseo-Asare

DK Osseo-Asare

Assistant professor of architecture and engineering design at Penn State University

DK Osseo-Asare is a designer who makes buildings, landscapes, cities, objects and digital tools. He is co-founding principal of transatlantic architecture and integrated design studio Low Design Office (LOWDO), based in Tema, Ghana and Austin, Texas; co-founder of Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP), an open-source maker tech project geared for Africa; and assistant professor of architecture and engineering design at Penn State University, where he runs the Humanitarian Materials Lab and serves as associate director of the Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Design with Africa (AESEDA).

His research spans humanitarian materials, design innovation, open-source urbanism, digital fabrication and architecture robots, exploring material assemblies optimized for massively scalable radical resilience. He led strategic and urban design for Koumbi City and Anam City new town projects in Ghana and Nigeria, and received A.B. in Engineering Design and M.Arch. degrees from Harvard University for work in kinetic structures and network power.

DK is a TED Global Fellow and Africa 4 Tech Digital Champion, and presents his work to architecture, design, engineering, technology and urbanism audiences worldwide.


Sebastian Egerton-Read

Sebastian Egerton-Read

DIF Programme Manager and Social Media Manager

Seb is one of the two Ellen MacArthur Foundation's DIF Managers. He makes sure the DIF’s content reaches the right people on a global scale through resourceful and creative marketing. He also feeds into the DIF's long-term strategy. When Seb isn’t working on the DIF, he’s busy managing the Foundation’s social media accounts and producing regular content across platforms as well as writing for Circulate news.

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