Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cape Town wins design bid

Cape Town has been named World Design Capital for the year 2014, ahead of fellow short-listed cities, Dublin and Bilbao. The sought-after accolade was awarded to the Mother City this morning at the International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress in Taipei.

With more than half the world’s population now living in urban areas, design has become an increasingly fundamental tool to make cities more competitive, attractive, liveable and efficient. The World Design Capital designation is a city promotion project that celebrates the accomplishments of cities that have used design as a tool to reinvent themselves and improve social, cultural and economic life.

Extracts from the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 Bid Book can be found on

View Cape Town’s winning video, premiered in Taipei at the IDA Congress, at and the video that helped Cape Town to clinch the World Design Capital 2014 title at

Other platforms for support include a Facebook page: Cape Town for World Design Capital, a Twitter feed: CapeTown2014 and the Twitter hash tag: #WDC2014.