Yay for Cape Town! World Design Capital in a Nutshell

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Yesterday afternoon social media networks were abuzz with the news that Cape Town, along with Dublin and Bilbao, were shortlisted as potential candidates for World Design Capital 2014.

I realised, after expressing my excitement that very few people understand the relevance or excitement of such an event. Especially non-designers. SO I thought it would be fitting for me to post this.

As you have probably seen during the past few months, a few blogs and websites, have a badge that looks like this:

What this badge symbolizes, is the support of individuals, groups, South Africans and Non-South Africans for Cape Town to be World Design Capital for the year 2014. The status of World Design Capital is  appointed by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) to cities that are dedicated to using design for social, cultural and economic development. The greater population of the world now lives in urban areas, resultantly design has become an increasingly fundamental tool to make cities more competitive, attractive, livable and efficient. The WDC (World Design Capital) is a biennial city promotion project that celebrates the accomplishments of cities that have used design as a tool to reinvent themselves and improve social, cultural and economic life.

The title of World Design Capital is awarded to the city well in advance, through a bidding process. This is so that the city can develop a year-long program of World Design Capital themed events for the chosen year.  The vision behind Cape Town's bid is to position Cape Town as a leading global city - a hub of knowledge, creativity, excellence and innovation. The city of Cape Town has mandated the Cape Town Partnership, under the auspices of the Creative Cape Town program to co-ordinate Cape Town's bid on its behalf. The bid concept centralizes on a theme of "Live Design, Transform Life" and focuses strongly on socially responsive design and practice.

June 2011 marks the announcement of the three shortlisted cities, this will be followed by an ICSID site visit to each city in August and culminates in the announcement of the selected city in October.

For more information you can visit
ICSID: http://www.icsid.org/projects/world_design_capital.htm
or World Design Capital Bid 2014 | The city of Cape Town's bid to be WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL


Barkha said...

Great!Hope Cape Town is the winner. Thanks for sharing. Gladly following your blog. You may like to follow mine. Here's my popular post & video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1BV8IoLeqM

Leighton said...

Thanks for the explanation Sidhika! I was actually a little clueless as to what this actually meant for us. Pretty awesome! :)

Seed said...

Great guys! Will post more design related posts. Nice video Barkha!

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