World Design Capital Cape Town 2014’s Lasting Legacy

World Design Capital 2014

WDC marked an important point in Cape Town's design story and the city will build on the momentum to grow the use of design in the city.

Cape Town’s reign as the World’s Design Capital  officially came to an end on 31 December 2014, its legacy will live on - driven by

  • the City of Cape Town,
  • Western Cape Government,
  • the city’s four tertiary institutions,
  • the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) and the
  • Cape Town Design Network to name a few.

It will also persist through the efforts and passion of thousands of people who were involved in the 460 + projects, and the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 (WDC 2014) followers and supporters.

According to Cape Town Design NPC CEO, Alayne Reesberg: “World Design Capital marked an important point in Cape Town's design story. We will now build on the momentum that was started to grow the use of design in our city. Over the coming months WDC 2014’s legacy activities will entail creating a framework to continue showcasing some of the projects as well as building on the design and innovation system.”

Cape Town boasts many design events however, WDC 2014 added a few more elements to the mix, some of which will be continued into the future such as the pitching sessions, which will now be run for designers and design businesses, as well as quarterly collaboration events to enable people to share ideas and build new working relationships.

Furthermore, plans are afoot to create a platform to showcase the richness of design innovation in the region.

A new monthly newsletter will also keep its pulse on the design movement in the Western Cape. Through these activities, the conversation around design will endure.

Reesberg says: “WDC 2014 has shone a light on Cape Town and over the past 12 months, through the more than 460 projects, we have explored the application of design in enhancing lifestyles, finding solutions for sustainability, community improvement, education and skills development as well as connecting people through communication, transportation and social cohesion.”