Top curators for World Design Capital 2014

Cape Town - Cape Town's honour of being named World Design Capital 2014 received a boost with the acceptance from some of the world's best curators to be part of this prestigious programme.

The 38 curators will help identify projects that offer tangible evidence of how design can improve lives and play a significant role in the selection and curatorship of public submissions that will form part of the WDC programme in 2014.

World Design Capital is designated biennially by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) to cities that are dedicated to using design for social, cultural and economic development. It gives Cape Town the opportunity to showcase its achievements and aspirations through a one-year programme of design-led events and activities as World Design Capital designees Seoul (2010) and Helsinki (2012) have demonstrated.

Heading up the dynamic group of curators is the experienced Paul Duncan, who is currently head of Design for Homeware at Woolworths. Duncan is a former editorial director at Condé Nast Independent Magazines and the former launch editor of Condé Nast's House & Garden (South Africa). He studied in Cape Town and at the University of Edinburgh, where he exchanged a degree in architecture for an MA (Hons) degree in Fine Art.

Said Duncan: "I'm really excited about Cape Town's new role as World Design Capital 2014 and for the opportunities it will bring for Capetonians to have a say about the future of their city. The city's planners' view is one thing, but what about ordinary people who use the city? What do they want? What ideas do they have? What experience can they bring to the event?

"Cape Town is one of the most beautiful places on earth, but our record of enhancing it has been anything but earth shattering. Now we have the opportunity to amend that all that. Let's do it with great sense of purpose. I want to hear what people out there propose for it - from the littlest neighbourhood schemes that will enhance communities to visionary projects that encompass the entire city and its surroundings," he said.

To signal the implementation phase of the WDC, Cape Town Design - the company appointed to manage the WDC initiative - last month called for submissions from the public to identify, nurture and promote projects that show how design can improve lives within the South African and African context.

Alayne Reesberg, CEO of Cape Town Design, re-iterated: "The focus will be on projects that bridge historic divides, reconnect our city in structure and in spirit, rebuild social and economic inclusion, and reposition Cape Town for a sustainable future."

She added that submissions were rolling in and there has been strong public interest and support judging from the proposals registered online in the two weeks since the call for action.

Submissions can be made within any of the four themes designated for WDC 2014:
- African Innovation. Global Conversation
- Bridging the Divide
- Today for Tomorrow
- Beautiful Spaces. Beautiful Things

For more information about the themes and the WDC 2014, visit the World Design Capital Cape Town website or follow them on Twitter @wdc2014. The closing date for submissions is 5 April 2013.

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