Every two years, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) selects a World Design Capital, in recognition of a city’s effective and creative efforts to use design as a tool for progress. As the ICSID judges say: “A World Design Capital is not a status designator, rather a state of being. It is defined by the commitment that a city has made to use design to reinvent itself. Sustainable results or a commitment to develop the city are visible and a changing attitude is detectable.”
Torino in 2008, Seoul in 2010 and in 2012 it’s Helsinki. Cape Town will be 2014’s World Design Capital.
Cape Town Partnership is coordinated the bid on behalf of the City of Cape Town. On 21 June 2011, Cape Town was shortlisted together with Dublin and Bilbao for the title. In Taipei in October 2011 it was announced that Cape Town would be the World Design Capital for 2014.
To find out more about the World Design Capital 2014 and how design can transform live, visit www.capetown2014.co.za, and join the conversation on the World Design Capital 2014 Facebook and Twitter pages. You can download the “I support Cape Town” button to show your support for Cape Town as the World Design Capital 2014.