WDC 2014 news

VoiceMap: My Design District by Sune Stassen

VoiceMap: My Design District Route

The East City, formerly known as District 6, is an historically significant part of town, a truly contested space and also one of Cape Town’s main design & innovation hubs.

This is the story of two very different cities, says Sune Stassen in her intro to this VoiceMap audio-walk .

There’s the high-end design of trendy spots, in amongst decrepit buildings and unkempt open land that still bares the scars of the past.

Lumkani: Award in the Better Living Challenge Comfortable Home Category

Award Wnner David Gluckman

“Better Living Challenge is a platform for us to continue to improve the lives of South Africans” – David Gluckman

Lumkani is a low-cost fire detector and integrated service that alerts inhabitants, their neighbours and the local fire station when and where a fire breaks out.

Award Winner Formula D Interactive’s Cityspec Tool

Award Winner Michael Wolf

Formula D Interactive’s Cityspec tool takes the award in the Connected Home Category of the Better Living Challenge.

“We are glad to have received the award; it will enable us to further develop the Cityspec app which will have a positive impact on the lives of people in low-income areas.”- Michael Wolf.

Dutch Legacy of its World Design Capital 2014 Programme

#cocreateSA Fund Award Winners

#cocreateSA Fund awarded to nine South African-Dutch sustainability projects.

Nine projects addressing sustainability issues including water management, healthcare, solar energy and transport have been awarded over half a million Rand as part of the #cocreateSA Fund.

An initiative of the Dutch Consulate General, the fund is the legacy of its World Design Capital 2014 programme, Department of Design.

USE-IT Takes Award in Better Living Challenge Structural Home Category

Chris Whyte of USE-IT

USE-IT identifies waste beneficiation opportunities to help divert waste from landfill and create employment in the green economy.


Better Living Challenge announced the 3 winners of the competition on Tuesday 25 November 2014, who will each now receive R500 000’s worth of customised support to help them take their solutions to the next level. Better Living Challenge will guide this process to ensure that the winners receive maximum value from the award.

Better Living Challenge Announces Its Winners!

Better Living Challenge Winners

Winners announced at Better Living Challenge Awards Ceremony,  at the Cape Town City Hall.

Following a two week public exhibition and a strict voting process, The Better Living Challenge - a design competition showcasing green and affordable solutions to improve the homes of people living in low-income communities - has announced its winners.

#WDC409: Keeping Commuters on the Go

Go Metro #WDC409

Go Metro (#WDC409) mobile app captures, manages and presents transport information for the rail and bus network.

Every day thousands of Capetonians rely on public transport to get to and from places around the city.

Cape Town Parks Free Wi-Fi Project

CT Parks Free Wi-Fi Project

Wi-Fi Project (#WDC404) provides free internet access for all.

To allow everyone within the Cape Town CBD to benefit from the use of Wi-Fi, the Cape Town Parks Free Wi-Fi Project (#WDC404) has been implemented.

New 'Beacon of Hope' Launched on Signal Hill

Sun Star, Christopher Swift

24-metre high sun-shaped sculpture, named the SunStar, was unveiled on Signal Hill

The sculpture was conceptualised and designed by Cape Town artist and founder of the Robben Island Art Company and Trust (RIACT), Christopher Swift, and is also a showcase project for Cape Town: World Design Capital 2014.

Better Living: What a Showcase!

Better Living Showcase

The Better Living Challenge Showcase has been called a resounding success.

Viewed by a constant stream of engaged visitors, the Better Living Challenge Showcase has been called a resounding success. We would like to thank everybody that took part, from our amazing Finalists and Exhibitors to our sponsors, supporters and media partners.