Open Design 2014 reveals how design can change lives

Open Design 2014 reveals how design can change lives

Interested in where innovative design ideas come from? How design can improve lives, from street culture to safe and comfortable housing, or how nature can inspire and impact design? The second annual Open Design Cape Town Festival is taking place at the Cape Town City Hall until August 23, and the 11-day event is set to blow the lid off the notion that design is an elitist pursuit, through a dynamic programme of free and ticketed design-related exhibitions, talks and educational experiences.

This year’s theme, “Design is for Change”, marks South Africa’s two decades of democratic transformation and reflects Cape Town’s commitment to design through the World Design Capital 2014 designation: Live Design. Transform Life.
“Design is not just for designers. The aim of Open Design Cape Town is to open up design to everyone and to show how it touches every part of life,” says Open Design Cape Town co-founder and creative director, Y. Tsai. “We have deliberately formulated the programme to appeal to everyone, from early learners to seasoned professionals. Through Open Design we want people to change the way they think about and experience design.”
Visitors to the festival will find a range of events taking place within the creative hub that will occupy City Hall for 11 days.

Highlights include:

• Talk 100: Interesting and inspirational talks during lunch times and evenings, featuring local and international speakers, like: Italy’s Prof Ezio Manzini, one of the most important thinkers in sustainable design today; David Trubridge, New Zealand’s best-known furniture and lighting designer; and South Africa’s 16-year old web and iStyla app developer Jacques Blom.

• The World Robot Olympiad, where teams of learners will compete, building robots that solve a set challenge.

• A showcase exhibition of selected official World Design Capital projects that demonstrate the rich potential for change through design.

• The first public showing of a collection of 50 resistance posters designed at the Community Arts Project in the 1970s and 80s. The posters were created by ordinary people to voice their protest against the apartheid regime.

• Design your Thinking, on Friday, August 16, which is a day-long programme of short talks from speakers, looking at the ‘why’ that triggers an idea.

• An interactive Playroom, where learners can learn about and experience design, both as a career and also part of everyday life, as well as many other events that showcase design and architectural education and careers such as 3D printing and digital gaming.

• Pop-up shops showcasing products made by young design entrepreneurs.

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