31 July 2014


Cape Town Design NPC, the implementation agency for World Design Capital Cape Town 2014, is excited to be associated with the UIA congress, Architecture Otherwhere Durban 2014. Cape Town Design NPC is partnering with the UIA Organizing Committee to establish synergies in 2014 around architecture and urbanism.

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 2014 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 to transform our lives. The WDC 2014 programme gives recognition to a number of projects related to architecture and urban design: including commercial green buildings, educational and healthcare facilities, urban development plans, public place-making, upgrading of informal settlements and sustainable solutions for low-cost housing.

In August 2014 the WDC 2014 Programme turns its spotlight to architecture and urban design, coordinated with the UIA Organizing Committee and other stakeholders. Surrounding the UIA week in Durban, Cape Town will host various initiatives under the banner of Architecture August, enabling both professionals and the general public to engage with the designed landscape and spatial design industry of Cape Town:

- The UIA Public Health Group will run a specialised tour of healthcare facilities in Cape Town on 31 July and 1 August.

- An opportunity to interact with Cape Town based architects in their studios through the Open Studio series on 19 and 20 August, as part of Open Design Cape Town.

- A series of architectural themed tours in Cape Town on 9, 10 and 11 August, coordinated by Architecture ZA and presented by PPC Cement.

- On Monday 11 August at Brundyn+ Gallery, a Design Africa Symposium continues the conversation in Cape Town with local and international practitioners exploring ‘Design Visions for African Cities of the Future’.

These opportunities in Cape Town are intended to enhance the benefit of having the UIA in South Africa, helping to root the legacy of both these significant 2014 events. 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. For more information on the World Design Capital 2014 programme visit the website www.wdc14.com.

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