The WDC2014 Design Policy Conference

‘Make a Plan’ | The WDC2014 Design Policy Conference

The WDC2014 Design Policy Conference


The ‘Make a Plan’ World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 Design Policy Conference aims to develop a policy that guides and encourages design thinking, investigates principles of action to encourage industry growth, feeds conversation and fosters innovation, not only in South Africa but throughout the entire African continent. Taking place from 17 – 18 October at the Cape Town Stadium, this conference invites municipal, provincial and national government policymakers from all departments, university students and lecturers, business leaders and designers who have an interest in creating and driving the design policy agenda to join in the conversation.


Covering a variety of design disciplines – including industrial design, architecture, urban planning, fashion, graphic design, interactive design, service design, systems design and more – the theme for this two-day discussion is ‘Make a Plan’, celebrating the resourcefulness and resilience of people who find solutions to problems simply by using what’s available. “This is the essence of the South Africanism, ‘n boer maak ‘n plan (a farmer makes a plan),” says WDC 2014 Programme Director Nicky Swartz. She explains that this conference is not about replicating what other developed countries have done, but rather about considering their learnings and applying it to our own context, skills and resources to craft a design policy that is uniquely South African.




During the conference a cast of industry brains from around the globe will present ‘best practice’ examples of how design has played a vital role in the development of their economies, societies and cultures. Speakers include Gisele Raulik-Murphy (Partner at DUCO, Lecturer at Positivo University), Srini Srinivasan (CEO LUMIUM in India and a member of the WDC 2014 International Advisory Council), Joice Joppert Leal (Executive Director of the Objeto in Brasil), Mikko Kalhama (CEO of Design Forum Finland) and Anabella Rondina (manager of the Metropolitan Design Center Buenos Aires, Argentina). The speakers will highlight what design has done well, and can do better to bridge more divides, create more beautiful and meaningful spaces and things and plan even better today, for tomorrow.


Conference Tickets


Conference tickets cost R2000 each and include entry to the welcome reception on Thursday, 16 October 2014, which will showcase Cape Town’s food and wine culture. It also includes the lunch, tea and coffee on both conference days.


Register to attend The WDC2014 Design Policy Conference from 17 – 18 October at the Cape Town Stadium.


Visit the WDC2014 Design Policy Conference website for more information.


Makers + Thinkers


Makers + Thinkers


Running alongside the WDC2014 Design Policy Conference is Makers + Thinkers, a week of free events that aim to challenge thinking, enable creative powers and communicate the power of design.


Entrance is free, so pop by the Cape Town Stadium from 15 – 19 October between 10am – 6pm.


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