22 Jun Cape Town shortlisted for World Design Capital 2014
We heard the great news last night that Cape Town has been shortlisted for the World Design Capital title in 2014. We were up against 56 other countries and made it through to the next round along with Dublin, Ireland and Bilbao, Spain. The country most deserving of the title will be announced in October 2011.
The prestigious title is awarded 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. The World Design Capital title is awarded in advance, allowing winning cities sufficient time to plan, develop and promote a year-long programme of World Design Capital-themed events for their designated year. 2014 is a significant year for South Africa as it marks 20 years of democracy.
A massive congratulations to the team that put the bid together. The City of Cape Town commissioned the Cape Town Partnership with the support of the Creative Cape Town programme to coordinate Cape Town’s bid on its behalf, both in terms of producing the official bid book, and to ensure widespread support for the bid.
The Cape Town Partnership and the City of Cape Town will now host a delegation of World Design Capital 2014 judges in the city towards the end of July 2011. The Cape Town Partnership has asked that supporters “make a designerly noise” in the run up to the final stages. A digital supporter button can be downloaded on www.capetown2014.co.za. You can follow the bid on facebook and on twitter.