Invitation to Tender - Lighting Spectacular
Cape Town Design NPC invites suppliers to tender for a lighting spectacular; to announce and celebrate the official launch of Cape Town as World Design Capital 2014 on
31 December 2013:
Tender: WDC/001/NYE Video mapping/3D projection and live streaming
Invitation to tender now closed.
Highlights from the Programme
Download the WDC 2014 Calendar Programme. Calendar Programme PDF 0,8MB
Recognised projects for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014
We are very excited to share the list of recognised projects with you. We look forward to sharing more about the projects as the WDC 2014 Programme unfolds. Read more.
World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 Programme launches with 450 recognised projects
Cape Town Design NPC, together with Executive Mayor Alderman Patricia de Lille, today announced the much-anticipated Programme for World Design Capital® Cape Town 2014 (WDC 2014) at a joint press conference, celebrating and lauding local design thinking. In what has been a 10-month long period of two calls for public submissions and the rigorous curating of 1253 projects spanning the City, province and beyond, WDC 2014 will provide an opportunity to showcase the approximately 450 projects that have been officially recognized and which will form part of the Programme next year. Read more.
IAC members in Cape Town for final evaluation of World Design Capital 2014 programme and projects
Members of the International Advisory Council (IAC) for the World Design Capital 2014 effort will gather in Cape Town this weekend, 28 - 30 September, to give its blessing on the programme for next year. The IAC has three main roles: to assist the curatorial panel in placing submissions within a global context infusing an international design perspective; advise Cape Town Design NPC on programme development and to be global ambassadors for WDC 2014. Read more.
World Design Capital 2014 Cape Town goes to London; launches Design Week Forum initiative
The World Design Capital® (WDC) Design Week Forum will be established and initiated on 18 September in the midst of the prestigious London Design Festival, heralding it as the newest addition to the roster of WDC Signature Events. The WDC Design Week Forum will bring together representatives from design weeks around the globe to discuss how design can be a force for long-term change and will take place at the Institute for Contemporary Arts building. At a reception the Cape Town delegation will engage with a broader audience ahead of the launch of WDC 2014, as well as connecting with some of the leading international design community, business and investors. Read more.
WDC 2014 Show and Tell
We are gearing up for the #WDC2014 events that will take place at the Open Design Festival at City Hall next week. There will be a 10-day exhibition of 30 shortlisted projects selected from the public call for submissions from 21 - 31 August. On 23 August from 4pm - 8pm, investors, decision makers and talent scouts are invited to be part of an exciting evening of "Partnering With Possibility" where an additional 40 promising projects shortlisted for the WDC 2014 programme will pitch their innovative ideas for collaboration on funding, support and mentorship. Read more.
WDC 2014 “pop up” office in the Fringe District
Cape Town Design NPC, the implementation agency for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 (WDC 2014), moved into new office space at the beginning of July in Harrington House in the Fringe District in the East City Precinct in the city. Read more here.
Second call for public submissions underway for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 Programme
The second call for submission of projects for possible inclusion in the official programme for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 (WDC 2014) is gaining momentum as the 31 July deadline looms. South Africans with great design ideas are urged to get their submissions in on time and be part of this epic design event, which is in Africa for the first time. Click here to read more.
Post Office launches Stamp Design Competition for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014
"Stamps are more than just a form of prepaid postage, they are miniature ambassadors that vibrantly narrate our lives,” said Johan van Wyk, senior manager of philatelic services for the SA Post Office. The World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 (WDC 2014) stamp will need to do just that, illustrate and capture Cape Town’s rich design culture. Van Wyk was speaking ahead of the launch of the WDC 2014 Stamp Design Competition. Click here to read more.
Download the competition entry form here.
Call for Submissions now open: 1 – 31 July 2013
We can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with and sincerely hope your design transforms lives and changes the world.
We’ve streamlined the submission process and made it as easy and straightforward as possible for you to tell us about your ideas.
Click here to find out all about the call for submissions and to submit your life-transforming, world-changing proposal for consideration by the World Design Capital 2014 curators.
First call for public submissions for World Design Capital 2014 yields great results; second call to be launched on 1 July
572 submissions, 39 curators, 10 weeks and one goal: Live Design. Transform Life. This sums up the first call for public submissions assessed for inclusion in the official programme for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 (WDC 2014). Click here to read more.
MetropolitanRepublic and Quirk appointed agencies for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014
After a comprehensive review of the agency landscape, Cape Town Design NPC, the implementation agency for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 (WDC 2014) is pleased to announce the two successful agencies that will manage the account. Click here to read more.
WDC 2014 IAC visit the Mayor to review outcomes of first public call for submissions
World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 (WDC 2014) International Advisory Council (IAC) members met with the Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille, ahead of reviewing the outcomes from the first call for public submissions vying for a spot in the year-long programme under the WDC 2014 banner. Click to read more.
WDC CT 2014 today launches Design Scout Facebook App
World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 today launches a Facebook App called Design Scout which was developed for locals to identify how the four themes of WDC 2014 are “living” in Cape Town. Let’s celebrate and share the ideas, projects, products and creative solutions that will shape the transformation of our city, continent and country through design. The Design Scout App allows people to share their found-favourites and must-see, must-try moments on the Facebook platform. Click here to download the press release.
World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 allocates R1-million for local projects and initiatives
World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 (WDC 2014) implementing company, Cape Town Design NPC, will allocate R1-million towards the projects and initiatives that will form part of the 2014 programme.
The R1-million allocation will be used to fund successful projects and initiatives from the first and second call for public submissions, and will be apportioned on a discretionary basis with the recommendations and guidance of the WDC 2014 Curatorial Panel.
"The four themes of WDC 2014 present a wonderful opportunity for the public to bring their initiatives to the fore. The various platforms of the 2014 programme will showcase local design capability, so the funding is hugely appreciated as it will help to activate a number of excellent projects," said Bruce Snaddon, chairperson of the Cape Town Design Network.
World Design Capital 2014 secures top curators for showcase of African creativity
Thirty-eight curators, led by respected designer/curator Paul Duncan, 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 and 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.
The curators' focus will be on projects that bridge historic divides, reconnect the city in structure and in spirit, rebuild social and economic inclusion, and reposition Cape Town for a sustainable future.
Local initiatives will get the benefit of the global spotlight in 2014
Cape Town will be a focal point for the international design community in 2014, with design-related projects and events hosted in the city throughout the year.
We will use the World Design Capital 2014 opportunity to identify, nurture and promote projects that offer tangible evidence of how design can improve lives, within our uniquely South African and African context. Our 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.
“The first call for submission is now open and will close on the 5th of April 2013.”
Four inspiring themes to make African creativity shine
Under the overarching theme of “Live Design. Transform Life”, four themes have been developed to bring clarity and simplicity to the process of submission and curation of proposals – and later, to help to allocate content and to attract potential sponsors to the various platforms and WDC Signature Events. The themes are also designed to ignite the imagination of the public, and to contribute towards a greater understanding of the multi-faceted nature of design.
An African bid
Our winning bid is a proudly African story, with the ultimate goal of achieving a sustainable, inclusive and more liveable African city, rooted in the strengths of our people and communities.
Learn more about the dynamic bid process and overwhelming public support for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 on the official bid website www.capetown2014.co.za.