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The City of Cape Town's successful bid for World Design Capital 2014 was coordinated by the Cape Town Partnership, in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders and supporters.

AZA 2012: Shaping the future of society by design: Day 3


The role that architecture and design can play in shaping the future of society and the mindset of citizens was a strong theme on the final day of of Architecture ZA 2012 at Cape Town City Hall.  

Lianne Burton, a member of the committee that guided Cape Town’s bid for World Design Capital 2014, spoke of the unique contribution Cape Town can make to the design world, by showcasing socially transformative design at a time when the global design industry is increasingly shifting its focus to “solutions, not stuff”.

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kajima of Tokyo-based Atelier Bow-Wow emphasised the importance of taking into account how human beings interact with space, and considering history, not just users and aesthetic. 

Architect David Adjaye emphasised the legacy that the built environment leaves in time and place, and the ability of the architectural practice to create a bridge between past and present, and help build a more inclusive society.

Sindile Ngonyama, incoming president of the South African Institute of Architects, closed the conference by highlight how important AZA is in inspiring up-and-coming architecture students and helping grow a new generation of South African designers.

  • Architecture ZA was a three-day conference held at Cape Town City Hall during September 2012, and explored the idea of re-scripting architecture during a series of lectures, exhibitions and workshops. Check out our coverage of day 1 and day 2.

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Text by Caroline Jordan. Video by One.Dog.Chicken