Cape Town named World Design Capital

2011-10-26 07:08

Taipei - Cape Town has been named World Design Capital for 2014, beating Dublin and Bilbao.

The announcement was made on Wednesday morning at the International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress in Taipei.

The World Design Capital 2014 title will result in a year-long programme of design-focused events that will see design used for social, economic and cultural transformation. Cape Town's bid was based on creating an inclusive city by using design thinking in its urban development plans.

Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille accepted the award on behalf of Cape Town, South Africa and the African continent, saying that 2014 will be the celebration of 20 years of democracy in the country.

"It is an honour for me to be addressing you here today as mayor of the first African city to be named a World Design Capital. A city belongs to its people and it must be designed for and with them and their communities. For many years, people have been applying innovative solutions to our challenges. They have been using design to transform various aspects of life. But they have often been working without an overarching social goal in mind.
“The World Design Capital bid process and title have helped to bring different initiatives together and have made us realise that design in all its forms, when added together, creates human and city development," De Lille said.
“The World Design Capital designation gives cities like Cape Town additional motivation to actively think of transformative design in development plans. We look forward to learning from other cities that are using design as a tool for transformation, including past winners Torino, Seoul and Helsinki and our fellow short-listed cities, Dublin and Bilbao. We are honoured to have been considered with them.”

The bidding process was started by the Cape Town Partnership over a year ago, and in March this year a 465-page bid book was formally submitted to the International Council for Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) in Canada, with the theme, "Live Design. Transform Life".

  • Neill - 2011-10-26 07:13

    Just comes to show what happens if a region is well governed. Well done DA and CT!

      Leon - 2011-10-26 07:57

      A women in charge just shows you and the world can do with more powerful women GO GO DA

      Thulebona - 2011-10-26 08:07

      "A women in charge" ... go to whoever taught you your 'engrish' and ask for a refund...

      joelstew - 2011-10-26 08:43


      SimnikiweNtingi - 2011-10-26 08:46

      @Leon...dude, being black is AWESOME!!!'s AYOBALICIOUS!!!...I'd rather be black and ugly, than white, racist and stupid. Case closed, this article is about Cape town. Let's focus on that!...AYOBA

      Thulebona - 2011-10-26 09:28

      @Leon, there is absolutely no need for you to be racist and let me tell you something... it does not bother me that I am black, and I am happy with my ugliness if you are a beauty queen... pls stop acting like a used condom...

      Leon - 2011-10-26 10:00

      ok i'm white and ugly and you are black and ugly But boy o boy you guys love the word racist Get a live and start building the country and stop blaming everything on apartheid and the white folks

      ulvenkai - 2011-10-26 11:28

      @ Leon -- I'm white and can comfortably say that you are nothing short of an ill-educated racist. Take Thulebona's advice; go back to wherever you were educated and demand a refund.

      Zifnab - 2011-10-26 11:41

      Leon: Show some character. Racial slurring is no defense to a commentator's quip about your spelling.

      TheWally - 2011-10-26 15:11

      i live in CT and the municipality have been overbilling me by more than 1000 units of electricity for the past 4 months even after numerous phone call every month for these past months... so what was that about a well run city again??.... you probably dont even live in CT do you? my road is potholed invested and i live in an upmarket area in CT...

      Leon - 2011-10-26 15:56

      Mr Brand i've just asked the napelees,and 3 black zim folks and they all say i make racist remarks by telling them there black food is no good. WELL THEY SAID THEY WILL FORGIVE me and help me with the English if i do the cooking for the next week. well i'm cooking If i don't call you an idiot will you help with english and racist remarks

  • Tersia - 2011-10-26 07:23

    Cape Town, the best city!

  • Burtfred - 2011-10-26 07:23

    In SA, only Cape Town could possibly be considered for such an accolade. The rest of the cities, run by the ANC, are all in a parlous state.

      Thulebona - 2011-10-26 08:01

      DBN is run by the ANC... Guess which city is hosting COP 17? South Africa is run by the ANC, guess which country hosted the World Cup last year? So, before you spew nonsense, take some time and think... And trust you lot to make this about the ANC/DA... this is an achievement for South Africa and the African continent... the ANC has achieved a lot of things for this country, but not once stood and sang about it like you lot... Nxa, uyazi niyangidina shem... Ave nibandlulula...

      Promulgatus - 2011-10-26 09:35

      Thulebona, surely you're not surprised that this great news is immediately warped into an ANC/DA, black/white issue by the reactionary bigots that comment on News24? I think this award is wonderful news and has the potential have an enormously positive impact on the city, and the country in general.

  • John - 2011-10-26 07:26

    Jo'Burg = One of the most dangerous cities in the world = ANC Cape Town = Winning design awards = DA As per Neill. Well done DA and CT.

      Billy - 2011-10-26 18:55

      Yes, well done to CT for Design Capital - but what did the DA have to do with it and what do crime levels have to do with this award? If you really want the facts, the reality is that Cape Town is one of the most damgerous cities in the world, with a murder rate far higher than in Jhb and it has the highest rate of alcohol related crimes. But rather just accept the award with good grace, and leave out the slagging off of other cities. It has no place and shows no maturity.

  • Joe-Moer - 2011-10-26 07:28

    Well done Cape Town. I live in Port Elizabeth where the infighting by the ANC is destroying the city and the region. Maybe it's time to make a move.

      Rupesh - 2011-10-26 07:56

      Perhaps it is time to vote DA in! Get others to vote DA in. Come on, you can do it.

  • 6751rm - 2011-10-26 07:46

    Well done Cape Town, and not to forget the hardworking people behind Cape Town. VIVA DA< VIVA......

  • Louis - 2011-10-26 07:57

    Congrats!! Nice to have some good news for a change.

  • David - 2011-10-26 08:17

    Congratulations Cape Town - What a team. Wonderful news

  • Justin - 2011-10-26 08:20

    So proud of Cape Town, the DA and the design industry to have proven themselves once again to be global leaders. Well Done!!!!!!!!!

  • Craig - 2011-10-26 08:38

    Sooooooo proud of our City, and all who made it happen!

  • garethcliveleonard - 2011-10-26 08:38

    This is fantastic news, not just for Cape Town and the country, but also for local designers. It has so much potential for good, and yet reading through the comments above, it has been turned into a mud slinging political contest. This win had nothing to do with politics, nothing to do with DA vs. ANC... It's about design and the potential of the city to address many of the economic, social and environmental issues that it is facing through good design. Read the article. Think. Then comment.

  • Rezeen - 2011-10-26 08:56

    Coldplay unofficially called it "paradise" and now it official, Well done Mother city

      Billy - 2011-10-26 19:46

      Cape Town is a beautiful city. The video was shot in Cape Town (Woodstock), at the airport, in the Karoo, in Johannesburg, at a game reserve in Johannesburg, and at the Johannesburg concert. I think the band said they were impressed with South Africa and its cities. But Cape Town is a beautiful city.

  • Vuyo - 2011-10-26 08:57

    Congratulations and Well Done Cape Town! I bet Helen Zille and the DA are very proud today - keep up the good work in that province. The ANC is falling apart because of factionalism. We need your leadership model in all of the provinces in SA.

  • joelstew - 2011-10-26 09:32

    Proud to be a Graphic Designer in Cape town. \:D/

  • friklinde - 2011-10-26 10:28

    Excellent news! Great work done by THE CAPE TOWN PARTNERSHIP, mayor Patricia de Lille and everyone else who contributed.

  • malan.jacobs - 2011-10-26 10:50

    If Table Mountain gets elected as one of the seven wonders of nature, it'll be an awesome month for Cape Town! It's estimated that the award will lead to 11 000 extra job opportunities and contribute R1,4 billion yearly to the SA economy.. Voting is open until 10 November.. just a reminder, 'table' to 34874 to vote! I heard we're around 9th place at the moment.. Almost there :D

  • Zifnab - 2011-10-26 11:47

    Great, now can design. Next step, get our manufacturing industry up to scratch. First move: throw all commie union bosses into the ocean.

  • Billy - 2011-10-26 19:42

    I live in Cape Town and reading all the comments, it puzzles me, after winning the Design Capital award, why so many Capetonians first thank Helen Zille, then the DA, and then some of us slag off other cities – badly run, crime infested, etc. Why bring politics into the arena, and why belittle other cities? Is it an inferiority complex? In a similar situation, would people in Los Angeles slag off New York? For many Capetonians, it seems impossible to accept an award in good grace and with maturity.

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