What does it mean to be a World Design Capital?

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What does it mean to be a World Design Capital?

I spoke to Mike Purdham, a consultant to the city of Cape Town and working with Cape Town Partnership on World Design Capital 2014. He thinks that what World Design Capital means for Cape Town is to put design on the national agenda. “We can’t have a mindset of “working towards 2014”. I think the […]

Are township tours responsible?

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Design Capital 2014 | No Comments

Iain Harris, founder of Coffeebeans Routes, creators of travel experiences around the stories of Cape Town, told me that the key is in our language. He says “The thing about sustainability is, changing the language we use is also quite important. How is it that township tours can be branded as responsible, if townships are […]

Cape Town’s sustainability challenges

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I had an inspiring discussion with professor Mugendi M’Rithaa, industrial designer, lecturer at CPUT, and a member of the World Design Capital 2014 committee. He spoke about South Africa as being in the “majority world” context, which is where 90% of the world subsists, and Cape Town is by no means separate from that. He […]

Vision for WDC 2014

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I spoke to Andrea Grant-Broom, design lecturer at CPUT about World design Capital 2014. She thinks the vision is that Cape Town will attract global interest and also drive a whole host of African projects. “So that we can transform and collaborate with incredible projects happening in Africa, and be more of a gateway, so […]

Designing the bid book for World Design Capital 2014

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Christo Maritz, founder of Infestation who designed the bid book, told me about their process… He says it was not as glamorous as it seems, now we look back… At the time Christo said “I can’t believe we have to do the bid book, its an incredible opportunity, where do we start?” “We had two […]

What is the context of Cape Town’s design industry and its sustainability?

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Y Tsai, an architect on the World Design Capital 2014 interim committee, says that the creative economy in London or Europe has been seen as a big income generator, as opposed to the financial and other sectors. He thinks that in Cape Town we haven’t really realised the power of that. He is part of […]