Shortlisted for World Design Capital 2014

Cape Town Partnership World Design Capital

As part of supporting the build-up to Cape Town’s year as World Design Capital 2014, the Cape Town Partnership didn’t just encourage others to submit their big ideas and projects to be part of the official programme. We also submitted ten of our own, which we believed could add depth and breadth to the 2014 series of events. Here are the five proposals that have made the first cut and are shortlisted.

Cape Town Partnership

  • CCDS Manifestation: World Design Capital cities are expected to showcase how they have used design as a tool to improve social, cultural and economic life. Through an interactive exhibition – linked to activations in various public spaces – the CCDS manifestation project aims to educate people on the city’s past and present transformation, and to inspire them to co-create its future.

The Fringe

  • Harrington Heart: This is a project to develop an on the ground and deeply local response to the public space challenges of creating place and at the same time supporting the already existent and multifaceted, sometimes conflicting, set of local interests. This project has specific relevance as this is the core ‘physical’ project of The Fringe programme in general and will be the ‘front door’ project at the WDC headquarters

Creative Cape Town

  • Creative Cape Town clusters: Creative Cape Town will use this forum to empower creative practitioners with the tools and information to best understand how they can leverage the spotlight that will be placed on the city and its creative industries in 2014. This will be especially true for those creative practitioners who will not be part of the official WDC 2014 programme but for whom the designation can still be of value if they are able to proactively market themselves and their work appropriately. We hope that a knowledge exchange forum such as the Creative Clusters can also be a space where designers and other creative people can meet and begin to conceptualise projects which require collaboration between them, and for ideas to be nurtured, resources to be shared and inspiration sought. It will also be a platform for design-related issues to be debated and discussed robustly, but in a constructive and productive way, so that in the run up to 2014 we begin the many important debates which will help to ensure a nuanced and informed discussion when Cape Town is being showcased to the world.
  • Mapping the creative industries: is a key project of Creative Cape Town and the Cape Town Partnership. This existing project was first done in 2008/2009 and needs to be updated and expanded. World Design Capital 2014 is a catalyst for this data collection project, but more importantly, it is an opportunity to make information on the creative industries available in an accessible format that will allow it to be used by a wide variety of audiences, both for the purposes of 2014 and beyond. The advantage of Creative Cape Town driving this research and mapping project is that, as an ongoing and sustainable project that will exist beyond 2014, we can ensure that the data is kept up to date and maintained, thus providing a tangible legacy for designers from World Design Capital 2014.


  • CBD readiness: The CCID’s CBD readiness project outlines how the CCID would focus on getting the CBD ready to welcome the world. With an influx of visitors, the CBD will be a hive of activity. The CCID is well placed to ensure the CBD is well managed, clean and safe, and also to help activate retailers, encouraging them to find their yellow and embrace the world’s design community. At the same time, the year of design is an opportunity to look at designing additional interventions that are both functional and practical, such as street lighting, visitor guides and way finding tools. Priorities in moving this forward include ensuring that the CCID and its hard-working teams of cleaners and public safety officers are well briefed and prepared for a busy year and ensuring that there is sufficient support for the social development teams in a year that may attract more people to the city’s streets, in response to increased visitor numbers. To do this successfully, additional funding will need to be secured.

Second call for proposals
The second call for submissions opens on 1 July, running until 31 July, and appeals to those interested in making submissions to think big, consider multidisciplinary collaborations and demonstrate impact, while delivering feasible solutions in a tangible way. For more information or to submit your project got to the official World Design Capital website.

And remember …
Even if your project is not included in the official programme, World Design Capital in Cape Town is a platform for opportunities and connections that anyone can initiate and participate in. Just design it.


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