n Image & Text : a Journal for Design - 'Make a plan' - Design Policy Conference : conference report

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1020-1491



In October 2011, following a successful bid, the city of Cape Town was designated as the World Design Capital (WDC) for 2014. This designation is awarded biennially by the International Council for Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID). The WDC initiative began as an attempt to motivate cities to consider design as a strategic development tool. More specifically, the initiative encourages cities to showcase their existing investment in design, nurture the creative industries and promote additional design-related activities and initiatives for social, economic and cultural development. Within design discourse it is evident that design is increasingly being considered for innovation purposes, both on a corporate as well as a social level. This social stance is evident in Cape Town's chosen theme for the year, namely .

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