It's official... Cape Town is World Design Capital 2014, following the signing of the Host City Agreement between the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) on 29 June 2012, a day that also marked Icsid's 55th birthday and the 5th annual World Industrial Design Day.
Icsid, the City of Cape Town, and a handful of World Design Capital supporters celebrated the occasion at a gala dinner on the night of 29 June, and paid tribute to the collaboration and many partnerships that made Cape Town's design bid successful. In the words of Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town Patricia de Lille:
"The task of transforming the city is one that requires the energies of as many partners as possible, within our borders and without. Design is not about central planning. It is about networks that jointly make up an attitude, an approach and a direction. The product of those networks combined is what will transform this city. We sign on behalf of those partners. And we sign on behalf of the people of Cape Town. Above all, we sign for a new way of thinking, one that sees opportunities, not obstacles, challenges not dead-ends, and the roadway for other cities to follow in building a better future."
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