When the City of Cape Town was awarded the title of WDC 2014, the opportunity arose to showcase some of its ground-breaking and award-winning systems, processes and infrastructure developments which seek to use design to transform the lives of Capetonians.
The exhibition in the Civic Centre on Hertzog Boulevard was officially opened to the public last week and features a collection of projects that the City has delivered and is in the process of delivering. These City projects, which promise to change the lives of residents, cover a broad spectrum of service delivery.
They include large infrastructural projects such as the MyCiTi integrated rapid transit system, the Green Point Urban Park and the Buitengracht Pedestrian Bridge. Community development projects such as the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) initiative as well as less conspicuous urban gardening projects are also on show, alongside the revolutionary IT systems being employed by the City to help it run more effectively.
The interactive exhibit features touch screens which give access to visual information about projects. Visitors are encouraged to lift the handsets of a series of brightly coloured telephones where they will hear the stories of how design-led thinking has improved lives and benefited residents.
‘As part of this administration’s commitment to building a truly inclusive city, and because design is crucial in effectively delivering on this commitment, we need to continue finding sustainable and new ways to deal with our challenges. With this exhibition, our officials have shown how we are working together to make innovative design possible,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing, Councillor Garreth Bloor.