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The July/August issue of Domus takes the postcards sent in by readers for the Project Heracles competition, suggesting ways to link Africa to Europe across the Strait of Gibraltar, as the starting point for a look at the African continent. Among others, it presents projects by Francis Kéré in Mali, MASS Design Group in Rwanda, 26'10 south Architects & Peter Rich in South Africa and Tamassociati for Emergency in Darfur. Carsten Höller describes "his" Africa which is more a place of the soul than a social and geographic reality and Alessandro Mendini asks us to explore the magical power of objects – messenger and go-between objects, talismans and medicines for the body and spirit. Then, in her column on today's design, Paola Antonelli delves into the depths of critical design

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Andrea Costa and Debora Sanguineti's idea for an imaginary infrastructure linking Africa and Europe was on one of the 172 postcards received for the Project Heracles competition, launched in the May issue of Domus.

Joseph Grima

Op-ed: The "Arab Street" and the Street
Noura Al-Sayeh

Mixtapes: Johannesburg
BLK JKS + Athi-Patra Ruga. Edited by Daniel Perlin

Edited by Elena Sommariva

Joël Tettamanti, Ayomè

The Xi'an trident
Project by Plasma Studio, Groundlab. Text by Bert de Muynck. Photos by Cristobal Palma. Edited by Rita Capezzuto

Domestic crossroads
Project by Jordi Hidalgo Tané, Daniela Hartmann. Text by Laura Bossi. Photos Filippo Poli. Edited by LauraBossi

Network: Art in the harbour
Gabrielle Schaad

Network: Kumamoto station exit
Salvator-John A. Liotta

Francis Kéré in Mali
Project by Kéré Architecture. Text by Caroline James. Photos Iwan Baan. Edited by Laura Bossi

Subsidised housing in Soweto
Project by 26'10 south Architects, Peter Rich Architects. Text by Hannah le Roux. Photos Iwan Baan. Edited by Laura Bossi

Oppie Koppie Creche
Project by rwth-Aachen University. Text by Axel Sowa. Photos Iwan Baan

Emergency NGO Pediatric Clinic
Project by Tamassociati. Texts by Gino Strada, Raul Pantaleo. Photos Raul Pantaleo, Mattia Velati. Edited by Francesca Picchi

Butaro Hospital
Project by MASS Design Group. Text by Andres Lepik. Photos Iwan Baan. Edited by Laura Bossi

Network: Setas Mágicas
Francisco González de Canales

Network: What Happens When
Mimi Zeiger

On the animism of objects
Text by Alessandro Mendini. Edited by Francesca Picchi

States of Design 04: Critical Design
Text by Paola Antonelli. Edited by Francesca Picchi

Project Heracles. 172 postcards from the Strait
Texts by Dieter Lesage, Lieven De Cauter. Edited by Rita Capezzuto

Network: Riverside Museum
Beatrice Galilee

Network: Fuji Kindergarten
Salvator-John A. Liotta

Carsten Höller: My Africa
Text by Massimiliano Gioni. Edited by Loredana Mascheroni

Unpacking my library: Patricia Urquiola
Text by Gianluigi Ricuperati. Photo Andrea Basile. Edited by Rita Capezzuto

Rassegna: Furniture
Edited by Loredana Mascheroni

Edited by Guido Musante

Horoscope: Cancer
Text by Dan Graham, Jessica Russell. Edited by Elena Sommariva

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