Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Cape Town for World Design Capital 2014

 In my life I've been blessed to travel as well as spend a little bit of time living in cities, ranging from 4 months to 3 years. I can include NEW YORK, LONDON, EDINBURGH, BERLIN, JOHANNESBURG and probably the closest to my heart CAPE TOWN. I spent 3 glorious years there as a design student, learning, experiencing, and living right in the city center. So it's so special to me to share, that Cape Town has been shortlisted as for the World Design Capital 2014!

Chosen from a list of 56 cities, Cape Town stands along side two other cities, Balboa and Dublin for the final bid. And for such a stunningly beautiful city that has hosted the DESIGN INDABA for years as well as FIFA World Cup 2010 games, it would be the perfect choice.

The announcement is pivotal for Cape Town’s reputation as a destination that has adopted design for transformation and social cohesion. Design as a principle for changing lives began with the end of apartheid and, increasingly, has become a guiding philosophy in the repositioning of Cape Town as a sustainable city; committed to a journey to improve the quality of life of all its citizens. via ELLE DECORATION

‘This is a significant moment for Cape Town,’ says Cape Town Tourism CEO, Mariette du Toit-Helmbold. ‘Design is increasingly becoming a fundamental tool to ensure that Cape Town is more competitive, liveable and efficient. Cape Town’s position as innovation hub sets us apart from any other African city.’

‘We are building an inclusive city, one based around five pillars: the opportunity city, the safe city, the caring city, the inclusive city and the efficient city,’ said Cape Town Mayor, Patricia de Lille. ‘Design is a tool for all of these areas of transformation. It is able to inform us as to how we can best provide employment and upliftment to improve the quality of life of our citizens.’

The World Design Capital 2014 winner will be announced on 26 October 2011.
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Good luck Cape Town! ♥

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