Architecture Otherwhere Durban 2014Cape Town Design NPC, the implementation agency for World Design Capital 2014, says Cape Town Design will partner with the UIA Organising Committee to establish synergies in 2014 with the UIA Congress, Architecture Otherwise Durban 2014.

The UIA 2014 and WDC 2014 are two significant opportunities to bring international attention to South Africa’s design landscape in the same year that we celebrate 20 years of democracy. The year invites us to reflect on the gains made since the advent of our democracy, and chart new ways for resilient cities of the future. Architecture, in conversation with other disciplines, can play a key role in addressing the spatial divides of our past and reconnecting our cities in structure and spirit.

The UIA 2014 Congress falls within the year long WDC 2014 programme of events and projects showcasing the power of design. In August 2014 the WDC 2014 Programme will turn its spotlight to architecture and urban design, coordinated with the UIA Organising Committee and other stakeholders.

The UIA week will lead into a specialised event in Cape Town immediately following the Congress on the weekend of 9th August. During the week of 11th August, Cape Town will host various initiatives:

  • Public events to enable architecture and urban design professionals to engage with the public within the designed landscape of Cape Town.
  • An opportunity to interact with Cape Town based architects in their studios through the Architecture Open Studio Series.
  • An exhibition by the African Centre for Cities (25 May – 31 August 2014) will examine city divides and potentialities through the prism of Cape Town.
  • The Better Living Student Challenge will seek out optimal design solutions to South Africa’s low-cost housing challenges. Alternative, green and safe low-cost housing models will be tested and exhibited around the greater Cape Town area.

Local and international visitors, media, citizens and industry-specific professionals are invited to join the conversation in Durban and Cape Town and plan their schedules accordingly. Further details will be communicated in due course. The World Design Capital 2014 programme will be announced at the end of November 2013.

Cape Town Design NPC is the implementation company of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014, appointed by the City of Cape Town.

As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, the implementation company is responsible for ensuring the requirements of the WDC 2014 host city agreements are met, and that the programme delivery is aligned with the vision of bridging historic divides and repositioning the city for a sustainable, inclusive future through design.

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