This week the team at Cape Town World Design Capital bring you an assortment of exciting design events in the run up to the WDC2014 Policy Conference. We are very proud to say that we have four of our WDC2014 recognised projects being exhibited at the Makers + Thinkers Exhibition, namely, CPUT Formula Student, Driving Dreams, Informal Trader Project and R5K.


The Conference will also feature CPUT Professor Mugendi M’Rithaa, who will be discussing  ‘An African Perspective’, and guest lecturer Professor Ezio Manzini, discussing ‘traditional and new design economies’ in conversation with Lou Longqi.


Here are some of the amazing highlights in store for you this week:


Makers + Thinkers:


This is a free event, taking place on the 2nd floor of Cape Town Stadium that, according to Between 10 and 5, “aims to challenge thinking, enable creative powers and communicate the power of design.”



The exhibition takes place from  15 to 19  October between 10am and 6pm everyday.

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‘Make a Plan’ | The WDC2014 Design Policy Conference:


The ‘Make a Plan’ Design Policy Conference will take place on 17 and 18 October 2014 at the Cape Town Stadium. The conference presents a twofold opportunity for South African, African and global policymakers (or influencers of policy) and stakeholders (business, education, NGO’s, the design community): to discover ‘what design can do’, and explore the policies needed to realise its full potential. Introducing ‘best practice’ examples of how design has played a vital role in the development of economies, societies and cultures worldwide, this ground breaking conference will highlight the importance of having a design policy at local and national government levels.


‘Make a Plan’ will see leaders in business, government and the non-profit sector, as well as designers and educators, make the case for design in its broadest sense. Spanning the full range of design disciplines – including industrial design, architecture, urban planning, fashion, graphic design, interactive design, service design, systems design and more – ‘Make a Plan’ will place particular emphasis on African ingenuity and resourcefulness, with a view to enriching and informing the future development of design policy worldwide.


The two-day conference costs R2000 and includes entry to the Welcome Reception on Thursday, 16 October 2014, which will showcase Cape Town’ s unique food culture and fine wines from Graham Beck and KWV. It also includes the lunches, tea and coffee to be served on both days.    




Make it New – See. Learn. Do


The MAKE IT NEW exhibition, presented by the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) and sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports (DCAS) and Cape Town Design, will explore relationships and connections across time.
This starts with an exploration of how traces of our indigenous pasts and our global connections have shaped innovation and transformation; processes such as communication, the settlements of people, and the legacies of sea travel that marks the Cape as part of a network of ports have formed a locale for making beautiful things. Over 100 images from the Western Cape Museums’ archives and objects from antiquity and tradition will be counterpoised with contemporary design objects, linking functionality, material or making methods. From the earliest human settlement, tool creation and body adornment, visitors will move through time to the finely crafted furniture and ceramics, and innovation found in the repurposing of materials.
The exhibition, featuring the work of over 170 designers and craft producers from all over the Western Cape, will lead visitors on to a striking showcase of contemporary items, exploring local design sensibility, and through the disruptive layout and product selection it will prompt reflection on the nature of the Western Cape’s current design handwriting and the fusion – or not – of cultures and influences.
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