Cape Town World Design Capital Bid 2014
Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille and Mayor, Patricia de Lille were presented with stylish bags made from recycled cement bags when the Mayor handed over the World Design Capital 2014 bid book to the Premier.
The Cape Town Green Map is featured in the bid book as one of the innovative ways that Cape Town incorporates sustainability into its designs for the future.
A record 53 cities from 24 countries are in the running, and Cape Town’s bid is particularly significant in that it is the first by an African city.
“A win for Cape Town is a win for Africa. An international spotlight on Cape Town’s contribution will highlight Africa’s contribution to cutting edge transformative design,” says Managing Director of the Cape Town Partnership, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana
The bid process has already enhanced 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 for all its citizens.
“The .... Bid has.... succeeded in putting design firmly on the City Development Agenda through clear and tangible examples of how design-led interventions and planning can have a positive impact on lives,” explains Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana.
The World Design Capital2014 short list will be announced on 21 June 2011.
The public is invited to get behind the World Design Capital Bid by downloading a supporter button from the website www.capetown2014.co.za and joining the Facebook fan page ‘Cape Town for World Design Capital’.
Extracts from the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 Bid Book and an order form for purchasing a copy of the Bid Book are available on www.capetown2014.co.za