Cape Town is getting a bid ready to enter as the World Design Capital. Shortlisted cities need to demonstrate their accomplishments and commitment to design as an effective tool for social, cultural and economic development. The city must be home to design professionals and agencies, showing an appreciation for communication design, industrial, interior and sustainable design initiatives, and there must be faculties in education institutions dedicated to the field. Architectural interest points and urban renewal and reconditioning projects that have transformed neighbourhoods are also relevant. Part of the application is a proposal for a year-long programme of design-related events that the City will run, if selected.
Zayd Minty, Creative Cape Town Coordinator, says:
“Pitching for the World Design Capital 2014 title provides an opportunity for collective action that could re-invent our city. Our experience of bidding for a major event – the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ – will have taught us the potential for a range of diverse parties to work in concert towards a common goal. Let’s draw on our immense local resources, talent and infrastructure, and position Cape Town as a sustainable, inclusive and creative city to be reckoned with. Will you join us?”
What do you think of Cape Town’s bid? What would your reasons be for selecting Cape Town as the World Design Capital?