WDC 2014 news

110% Green Better Living Challenge: Sustainable Homes by Design

Call for sustainable solutions to improve living conditions in low-income households – R500 000 of support for each competition winner to take their idea to market!

Home improvement solutions for the low income housing market, that are innovative, affordable and use green technology, could soon be available locally.  This follows the call for entries to the Better Living Challenge (BLC) competition, open this month (February 2014).

MyCiTi Connects Imizamo Yethu, Hangberg & Hout Bay to the City

MyCiti from Hout Bay - Bruce Sutherland CoCT

This World Design Capital project will transform lives by linking these communities with social and economic opportunities.

As from today, 16 February 2014, the communities of Imizamo Yethu, Hangberg and Hout Bay have access to a world-class public transport system. This is one of the most critical redress projects that this administration has committed to rolling out to poorer communities across the city.

Iziko Planetarium: Living Inside the Cosmic Egg

Living Inside the Cosmic Egg is playing at the South African Iziko Museum Planetarium until 28 March.

Cape Town summers are alive.  Concerts, festivals, art showings, film screenings, and a plethora of outdoor activities make Cape Town the place to be. (There is a reason this great city was named 2014 World Design Capital.)

WDC 2014 – What does this mean for Cape Town?

Spectacular launch of WDC 2014 - Bruce Sutherland l CoCT

Prof Francis W Petersen explains the theme “Live Design, Transform Life” points to transformative design thinking in the development challenges of the city.

The City of Cape Town has been awarded the status of World Design Capital (WDC) 2014 – a prestigious designation from the International Council for Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) to cities across the globe to show their commitment to using design as a social, cultural and economic development tool.

Ideas Aplenty at First 2014 WDC Pitching Session

The first of eight World Design Capital pitching sessions was held yesterday at the German Club.

Howzit Cape Town?
I presume all is well since you are living in the greatest city in the world.

WDC 2014 - Find Out More

Charles Maisel at a Pitching Grooming Session

8 pitching sessions during 2014 expose WDC 2014 recognised projects to potential funders and the public.

Cape Town Design NPC, in collaboration with entrepreneur Charles Maisel and Thundafund, will host 8 pitching sessions during 2014 to expose WDC 2014 recognised projects to potential funders, mentors and collaborators.

Thing of Beauty - Kirstenbosch Walkway

Kirstenbosch 'boomslang' walkway (M&G l Adam Harrower)

Biomimicry informs the architecture and structural design of a "boomslang" walkway at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.

The ingenious use of architecture and structural design has created a "boomslang" walkway in Cape Town's Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Louisa Theart reports on a tree-canopy walkway with a twist.

Desert Rose's Innovation Representative of Cape Town

©Desert Rose

The 11th annual Suidoosterfees concluded on February 2nd, after six days of cultural concerts, comedy shows, dance performances and more.

This year, the festival focused on Cape Town’s 2014 World Design Capital title.  
I like different.  I like things that stand out and contradict the norm.  I needed a break from the endless barrage of formulaic pop, country, and electronic music to which I was subjected in the states.

Recycling: Too Good To Waste Exhibition

Heath Nash

'Too Good To Waste' in the Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront is part of the official program of World Design Capital 2014 events. 

Too Good To Waste (TGTW) is a co-operative of artists and crafters using items salvaged from the rubbish pile to create unique products and art pieces.

The light fitting by Heath Nash, in the featured photo, is from the popular range created from waste plastic, for which this designer has become well known.

Miniature Art: a small ode to the city

Lorraine Loots (Gareth Pon l Mail & Guardian)

Cape Town artist Lorraine Loots is reinventing the forgotten art of miniature paintings with her project 365 Paintings for Ants - inspired by WDC2014.

Lorraine Loots' love for creating minute artworks has inspired her to reinvent the forgotten art of miniature paintings, writes Melina Meletako in the Mail & Guardian.