World Design Capital Projects 2014

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The World Design Capital project for Cape Town 2014 have been announced. I’m excited that I’ll be involved in at least three recognised project but also a little scared, as all creatives know time has a sneaky way of disappearing on you. A full listing of all recognised projects are be found on the WDC Cape Town 2014 site. For convenience you can just click here.

It is interesting to see the amazing projects that will form part of 2014 (and hopefully beyond). Feel free to have a look at the great ideas building up to next year. A few that I will keep my eye on includes:

Better Living Challenge:  TheBetter Living Challenge is a project of the Western Cape Government’s 110% Green initiative with a strategic focus on ‘green economy working for the poor’.  The growing housing backlog in Cape Town numbered around 400 000, due to significant population growth has resulted in a shift in national government policy from the provision of RDP houses as the principle solution, to an incremental approach that supports the provision of serviced sites. The challenge will  promote the development of sustainable housing solutions that improve lives, are affordable and offer people choices in housing solutions.

Design education collaboration: A collaborative project from the various design schools and tertiary institutions in the city that will be a year long training and capacity delvelopment programme for high school teachers. The effort will equip teachers with the necessary understanding and resources necesssary for effectively teaching design methodology in their classrooms. The programme is supported by the Western Cape Education Department and will also provide content for teachers to use in their class rooms. Furthermore, the programme will be the launch of a multi-disciplinary multi-institutional guild/body that will represent design education.

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