World Design Capital (WDC)
is a biannual honour, awarded by the International Council for Societies of Industrial Design, to cities across the globe to show their commitment to using design as a social, cultural and economic development tool.
The City of Cape Town won the honour for 2014, and established a not-for-profit, independent implementing agency, Cape Town Design
(CTD). The City provides funds through a three-year grant to implement, run and wind down the 2014 programme; and CTD is tasked with raising additional funds through various private channels.
The theme for WDC 2014
is “Live Design. Transform Life”. As the winning city, Cape Town will plan, develop and promote a programme of events to run throughout 2014 focusing on using design as a development tool. Residents have already pledged their support and engaged with the WDC 2014 programme through submitting ideas for design-driven projects that will help to transform our city.
The city expects an increased flow of visitors throughout WDC 2014. Urban tourism is a large segment of the global tourism market, and previous WDC titleholders have seen increased visitor numbers as a result of the designation.
For up-to-date information on the programme visit our Facebook page World Design Capital Cape Town 2014, or follow us on Twitter at WDC2014, using the hash tag #WDC2014.