Design Storming 2013: Complex development challenges are best solved together

Small groups design storm challenges to early childhood development

As part of Open Design Cape Town – an annual celebration of design and design thinking that launched in the city from 21-31 August 2013 – the Cape Town Partnership, Cape Town Design Network and the Social Justice Coalition came together to host a two-day design-oriented workshop focused on early childhood development: a Design Storm. Writer, photographer and corporate social investment consultant Deni Archer was there to participate, record the conversations and track some of the outcomes. Continued…

September 4, 2013

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From Berlin to Cape Town: talking about cities with Luyanda and Uli Mpahlwa

Luyanda and Uli Mpahlwa, photo by Lisa Burnell

Cape Town is where husband-and-wife architecture team Luyanda and Uli Mpahlwa have chosen to live, work and raise their two sons. We asked them about their journey to the Mother City and how they think it could become more family friendly. Continued…

May 30, 2013

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Stop waiting, start making: Lessons in liveability from Jeanne van Heeswijk

Jeanne van Heeswijk

Based in Rotterdam, Jeanne van Heeswijk is a visual artist who creates situations in public places to provoke interactions between members of the public. These provocations include talking to trees, arranging fashion marches and baking bread, but all are aimed at setting up opportunities for new encounters and dialogue – in a way is finely tuned to the subtlety of needs, desires and ambitions of a local people and place. Jeanne presented some of her work at Design Indaba 2013. Here she shares more of her thoughts on public engagement, gentrification and the value of co-production:


April 2, 2013

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Housing: temporary intervention vs permanent solution

Green Shack prototype at Design Indaba 2013

Informal settlements are a common reality in Cape Town and South Africa’s urban landscape. Dire living conditions are the backdrop to the lack of services like proper sanitation and refuse removal, clean water, public health initiatives, adequate safety and access to economic opportunity. Shack fires regularly rip through these informal settlements, taking lives, ravaging homes and destroying earthly possessions. During the rainy season families are flooded out of their homes into temporary housing, in conditions exacerbated by Cape Town’s icy winters. These familiar experiences have become a regular feature in a country that has collectively failed to address the issue of dignified housing for all.


March 13, 2013

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Taipei and Cape Town sign landmark agreement

Taipei Cape Town design agreement. Photo by Anita Reed

Cape Town, represented by the Cape Town Partnership, has signed a memorandum of agreement with the City of Taipei, committing to strengthening ties between design communities in the two cities.

March 13, 2013

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United by design: Cape Town and Taipei


A recent visit of a design delegation from Taipei, co-hosted by the Cape Town Partnership and the City of Cape Town, provided a valuable forum for sharing ideas about design and the future of cities.


March 7, 2013

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Homeless require inclusive solution

homeless trolley

Improving the lives of Cape Town’s homeless people will also improve the life of the city itself, writes Andrew Fleming. Continued…

October 11, 2011

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Department of Trade and Industry to Participate at the 2010 Design Indaba Expo

Beloved Beadwork 1

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will participate at the 2010 Design Indaba Expo to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from the 26-28 February 2010. Continued…

February 25, 2010

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Cape Town for World Design Capital 2014

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The City of Cape Town is bidding to become the World Design Capital in 2014!

Do you think that Cape Town is a design city? What are you planning for 2014 that would contribute to making Cape Town a World Design Capital? Continued…

February 25, 2010

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Could Cape Town be the next World Design Capital?

Image courtesy of Readymade Blog.

What will Cape Town look like five years from now? Is there life after 2010? The Cape Town Partnership invites Capetonians to come together and participate in a process of re-imagining the future of Cape Town, using the creative industries and design in particular, to lead this process. Continued…

December 2, 2009

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