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What’s next for our design city?

Monday, 20 April 2015   (0 Comments)
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Cape Town’s designation as World Design Capital in 2014 positioned the city globally as a design city, with a growing design ecosystem. As the World Design spotlight moves to focus on Taipei 2016, now is a good time to consider what we can take away from our year of yellow. The designation accelerated progress and exposure for many new and existing projects. Many pioneering ideas came to light, with social innovation at their centre, highlighting the role that design plays in solving some of the wicked problems we face in our society. Most notably, we started to talk about what design means for our city and the people who live and work here.

The designation opened up collaborations with new partners, crossing disciplines, cultures and borders. Many of the 460 official projects used the designation as a way to kick-start their activities and the calendar was crammed with design-related events. The true legacy of WDC2014 is our ability to continue what was started during the year. We have a unique opportunity to build on what has begun, and to ask: what’s next for our design city?

You are an important part of that conversation. If you’re one of the official World Design Capital projects, keep us updated on your progress. If you’re involved in the design sector, share your thoughts on what you would like to see featured in this newsletter. And if you’re working on something interesting, tell us how you’re using design thinking to influence the way you run your business or your project and share news of your events.

Email us on wdc@ccdi.org.za or follow us on Twitter @designcape and Facebook.

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