Given the title of World Design Capital 2104, this City is set to bring various design elements into upcoming projects.
For its commitment to using design as a social, cultural and economic development tool, the City of Cape Town has been awarded the title of World Design Capital (WDC) 2014 and is the first African city to have been given the honour.
The overall theme of WDC 2014 is ‘Live design. Transform Life.’ which encapsulates the idea of transforming Cape Town, through design, into a sustainable, productive African city.
“A city belongs to its people and it must be designed for, and in collaboration with, them and their communities,” said Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Patricia de Lille, when accepting the award on behalf of Cape Town.
She went on to say that she sees WDC 2014 as an opportunity for the City to re-examine key challenges, such as housing, densification and transport, and develop new innovative solutions. It also offers a platform where citizens can engage with the private sector, academia and the creative industries to make a real difference in their lives.
Cape Town has already been involving members of the public in the transformative design process via a series of co-design workshops where they have the opportunity to collaborate with designers and the public sector in order to find innovative solutions to local challenges. Through these workshops, the City of Cape Town aims to connect with all 111 of its wards.
Furthermore, the City of Cape Town has created an internal department within the City administration that is focused on embedding design-led thinking into the public sector. Every ward and every citizen in Cape Town will ultimately see the benefit of this, during 2014 and beyond.
In addition, everyone is invited to experience and interact with the approximately 485 design-driven projects and events that have been officially recognised by and form part of the WDC programme. These have been specifically selected for their potential to demonstrate tangible evidence of how design can improve lives.
Beyond the programme of events that the WDC celebrations comprise, there are a number of projects that will continue beyond the year 2014. For Cape Town and its citizens, 2014 is just the beginning of a better city by design.
World Design Capital Project Update:
• #WDC329 Shonaquip, a social enterprise committed to improving the quality of life of people living with severe disabilities through appropriate seating devices and services, was honoured with the Design Indaba Expo 2014 Innovation award. For more information visit: http://www.designindaba.com/news/design-indaba-expo-2014-innovation-award
• #WDC641 Youth Design Studio, a sustainable design class that will teach high school learners to design, create, and build a project that will benefit their community via Thundafund. Thundafund is an online crowd-funding café for creative and innovative projects that will have strong, positive social and economic impacts. For more information visit: https://www.thundafund.com/ProjectSearch.aspx.
• #WDC426 Mellowcabs (an urban transport and advertising company, focusing on the manufacturing, implementation and operation of pedicabs nationwide. Pedicabs are high-tech, human-assisted, electrically powered vehicles that facilitate first and last mile transport solutions). For more information visit: http://mellowcabs.com
• #WDC409 GoMetro. A mobile app – which now has 20 000 daily users – for CT MetroRail transit times. The app provides South African commuters using the MetroRail train service with real-time train times and other crucial information via their mobile phones. GoMetro has signed a partnership agreement for WDC2014 to better the country’s transportation industry by furthering the idea of smart cities. For more information visit: GoMetro.co.za
• #WDC442 The SHIFT: Sustainability Caravan, a Cape Town WDC2014 recognised project that takes shape as a convoy of modified vehicles equipped to host Sunshine Cinema screenings and workshops, a series of practical skills exchanges and design collaborations, and an interactive exhibition hub to raise awareness and local responses to the Millennium Development Goals. They reached their milestone via Thundafund.