WDC 2014 news

Growing Young Minds Through Design

Seed Library Project

Seed Library is a recognised as a World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 project (#WDC485), for its use of design to transform the lives of children.

Research indicates that one way of improving literacy and the overall academic performance of learners is for schools to have a well-stocked and adequately staffed library.

Department of Design at the Provenance Auction House

Department of Design

Last few days to visit this initiative of the Dutch Consulate General in Cape Town.

An initiative of the Dutch Consulate General in Cape Town, it represents a R4.5 million investment from the Netherlands and the single biggest foreign contribution to World Design Capital 2014.

Metropolis: Focus on KHAYELITSHA VPUU

Harare Library PaulMakovsky(C)

An innovative program that looks to reduce crime through urban design.

To reduce crime in the sprawling suburb of Khayelitsha—a township with roughly one million inhabitants, about 18 miles from the center of Cape Town—city officials and the German Development Bank created the Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) program.

Monkeybiz Attracts World-Class Bead Artists

It is with great pleasure and pride that Monkeybiz will be welcoming world renowned bead artist,  Joyce J. Scott to Cape Town in July, from the Unites States on the 22nd -23rd and the 28th - 29th July.

Joyce is known throughout the world as a  prolific Bead Artist. She would like to realise her lifetime dream to come to South Africa, share her skills with her African sisters and give back to our community. 

Metropolis: Eyes on Cape Town

Cape Town Stadium Bruce Sutherland (c)

The July/August edition of Metroplolis Magazine focuses on World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.

This year’s World Design Capital—the first in Africa— is bursting with energy, creativity, and reinvention, writes Paul Makovsky in Metropolis Magazine.

World Design Projects seeking new connections

Sydelle Willow Smith

Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana focuses on WDC projects contributing to positive change.

Over the past two weeks I have been greatly inspired by the number of World Design Capital projects that are actively encouraging collaboration to achieve positive social and economic change, writes Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana.

The Big Issue: World Design Diary

Nadya Glawé, Slave Tree

The Slave Tree, a sculpture by Nadya Glawé,  draws attention to the spot where the “slave tree” once stood.


The Big Issue selects this month’s MUST-SEE World Design Capital events and exhibitions, and mapmyway will highlight of some of these offerings.


A plain concrete plinth on a traffic island in Spin Street currently pays homage to the spot where the “slave tree” once stood.

Food Route Tours: Saturday 12 July

#WDC601 City of Eden Tour

Focusing on sustainable and urban agriculture visits - a #WDC601 City of Eden initiative.

The first tour is a SEEDBOMB Cape Town and Historical City Farm tour that traces the fascinating story of indigenous people, stormy voyages, the global slave trade, wild animals, wars the discovery of gold is interwoven with the astonishing tale of farming and water.

CCDI @ V&A Waterfront

Small groups of craft producers have had a great opportunity to test out their products and sales skills at the V&A Waterfront

Building on this pilot initiative and their involvement in its conceptulisation, the Cape Craft Design Institute - CCDI - will continue to be part of the Waterfront’s visionary R50 million Watershed project to reimagine craft and design retail in this location.

Langa Cultural Heritage Precinct

Guga S’thebe cultural centre

Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department has kick-started a six-month campaign to encourage Capetonians to have their say about the future of the Langa Cultural Precinct.

In a truly inclusive manner, communities (especially Langa residents) are invited to put forth suggestions on how best to improve the precinct so that it works for all key stakeholders.