Cape Town’s bid story

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.

What can design do for you?

What can design do for you?

Cape Town's World Design Capital 2014 bid promise has always been about living design and transforming lives. Now that Cape Town has been designated, what's the first step towards fulfilling that promise? Get the people of Cape Town to say what they need help solving - through design.

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Light, cooking and warmth: Design for every day

Light, cooking and warmth: Design for every day

Truly transformative design ideas are often surprisingly simple: A portable lamp that uses sunlight to power a bulb, perhaps, or a paraffin stove that self-extinguishes when knocked over. And yet they can make a significant difference to people's lives.

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Turning trash into treasure with Heath Nash

Turning trash into treasure with Heath Nash

Heath Nash takes other people's trash - plastic bottles and bottle tops - and makes them into something beautiful. He discusses what African design means to him, and how it goes beyond the art and the product to create jobs and positively impact the environment.

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Celebrating citizen-driven change

Celebrating citizen-driven change

In cities all over the world people are not waiting for change to come to them, but are intervening in small but meaningful ways in their urban environments - to improve their everyday experience and that of those around them.

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Design Indaba 2012: A better world through creativity

Design Indaba 2012: A better world through creativity

"We do what we do because design is about more than aesthetics, it is about finding creative solutions to transform and improve the lives of people across the globe." Ravi Naidoo, founder of Design Indaba Design Indaba 2012 is upon us! From 29 February to 4 March, Cape Town will again host one of the...

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Cape Town's World Design Capital 2014 vision and legacy

Cape Town's World Design Capital 2014 vision and legacy

What will define Cape Town's term as World Design Capital 2014? What do we as a city on the African continent hope to achieve, both in the year marking two decades of democracy, and in the years after that? Here is our vision and a statement of hope and commitment in the legacy we would...

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