Can the World Design Capital designation for Cape Town really deliver on the promise so eagerly awaited? Obviously there will be direct impact in the form of Signature events such as an International Design Exhibition, International Design Policy Conference and an International Design Gala, to name a few. While this may be great for tourism numbers, very little can be found about the positive economic spin off experienced by past host Cities. Indeed, thus far, there has been only one applicant for host city in 2016! However, far from being negative about the WDC, I am of the opinion that we have already experienced phenomenal benefit! In the last year we have seen an impressive 450 projects (selected from over 1200) being designated as official projects of the World Design Capital Calendar. The sheer amount of creative energy, collaboration and inspiration that has been generated already, makes this an unprecedented success in my eyes. Participants and visitors alike, can look forward to fantastic solutions to unique challenges faced by our society and I can’t wait to see how these ideas spread across the globe. This will be an important milestone on a journey to position Cape Town as a global innovator in socially transformative design.
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All the best for 2014, it’s going to be great!
Publisher’s Note for 2014 Edition