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The Makeshift Institute brings creative solutions from the economic fringe into your business or classroom. Makeshift has a keen eye on the ground: the Caracas skyscraper squatter, the Barcelona apartment hotelier, the Kampala retailer who accepts airtime payments. This economic fringe, often outside the law, is a sandbox for the next big design, business, and […]
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Dropped and Made in Laos

During the Vietnam War, more than 250 million bombs fell from Laotian skies, making Laos history’s most heavily bombed country per capita. 30 percent of these bombs failed to detonate and continue to threaten lives. In a resourceful twist, artisans in Naphia village began melting down decommissioned pieces of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and crafting the […]
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Contraband Library

The souvenir counter in Hong Kong’s June 4 Museum is stocked with books and iconic photos of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. To visitors hailing from Mainland China, these items are off-limits; the Chinese government bans all forms of media referencing that bloody day. Yet many of these tourists visit the counter as […]
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Enter the Void

A giant hydrogen balloon catches the wind and floats swiftly upwards. The balloon travels 26 kilometers in total. It passes minefields, barbed wire, and steep mountains before releasing its payload on the lesser-known side of the world’s most militarized border: information from the outside world. Pamphlets scatter in the air and flutter down to the […]
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Issue 15 Boundaries

This is a pre-order for the Boundaries issue of Makeshift. Note: Free shipping within the United States. USD 5 added at checkout for all other destinations. Digital purchases remove the paywall on web articles. More info in our FAQ. Top of Form This product is currently out of stock and unavailable.    
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The Mobility Issue

Chukudus zoom through rural Congo toward the market. Overloaded matatus haul Kenyans to and from work. Hacked tuoloji supply Myanmar with water in the dry season. Our travels form a symphony of movement, coordinated by drivers and guided by norms. Each driver constantly makes decisions to stabilize the vehicle, avoid a collision, or maximize profits. And each vehicle sits at the […]
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The Copycats Issue

In an apartment studio in Belen, a producer mixes technobrega tracks from pop songs. On esoteric websites, gongkai manufacturers swap files for low-cost devices. These makers know copying advances their work, and they do it openly. Incorporating sources of inspiration is important for any creative work, yet we tend to clutch onto our ideas as intellectual property. When […]
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Following the Tracks

At first glance, Kurla’s Platform 8 looks and sounds like any other high-traffic train station in Mumbai. Commuters wearing backpacks over their chests shout orders of deep-fried vada pav at the snack stalls. Merchants pile burlap sacks of onions and potatoes near the pillar where the trains’ luggage compartments stop. The train approaches; a mob […]
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Combustible Contraband

Gregorio speeds his Ford 350 at 100 kilometers per hour down an unpaved road through the bushes. His truck and two others behind him are each smuggling 100 barrels of Venezuelan gasoline into Colombia—their destination a small ranch near Santa Rosa, in the Caribbean state of La Guajira. Gregorio catches word that the Venezuelan military […]
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Technological Disobedience

Worker, build your machine!” So Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s proclaimed to Cuba’s industrial sector, shortly after the triumph of the  evolutionary movement he helped lead. The year was 1961, and Cuba, increasingly isolated, was experiencing an exodus of foreign companies and investment due to the unfriendly market policies of Fidel Castro’s nascent government. The start of the now famous United States […]
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