I magine a future where a printer can print a pancake, children can design their own buildings, intelligent clothing adapts to your environment and fast food restaurants support local crafters. Imagine no further: some of these existing innovations along with a host of other designs that address everyday challenges will be showcased at Open Design Cape Town 2015. Themed Design is for Tomorrow, the third annual Open Design Cape Town Festival is a 12-day citywide event of talks, workshops, tours and interactive experiences that explore how design and innovation can be used to add value to our daily lives and create a more sustainable future. It is taking place until Sunday, August 23, at venues across Cape Town, with event hubs at City Hall and the V&A Waterfront.
There are over 100 events on the programme, most with free access to the public, with two main event hubs and collaborations with global and local brands.
Event highlights include:
• The first ever Cape Town Maker Faire and Maker Conference, bringing the global maker movement to the Mother City.
• The Design for Tomorrow Open Design exhibition, showcasing selected products and projects that show how design can add value as an agent for social, environmental and economic transformation in education, mobility, healthcare, systems, communication and more.
• The Designing Careers programme, which guides and informs high school learners about the value and impact of design as well as a study and career choice.
• The Talk100 series of public lunchtime talks featuring local and international industry professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs sharing their insights and experiences of designing solutions for health, entrepreneurship, social development, education and technology with an active and participatory audience.
• A designathon for teenagers and young adults, in which participants conceive, prototype and present ideas for the development of public spaces; and a workshop for 8-12 year olds to design a public pavilion; facilitated by Danish architect Julie Dufour and Vikki du Preez.
• A series of workshops and talks focusing on the design and production of e-textiles delivered by Danish designer Jo-Anne Kowalski.
Open Design creative director Y. Tsai explains the rationale behind the futuristic theme: “Design is no longer the exclusive domain of the privileged elite. It touches every part of life, addressing basic human needs in multiple applications across every sector that make up our social fabric. It has been used to transform healthcare, business, transport, urban development, agriculture, education, housing, technology, music, public spaces, communication and technology – among others.
“This approach, called human-centred design, is gaining a global focus for competitive business and socio-economic development,” he says.
“This year’s programme gives us a chance to reflect on what we want our future world to look like. We’re giving our visitors and collaborators a moment to come together to co-create that vision.”
Open Design is open to everyone, whether they are new to design or already see design as critical to designing our future world. While some events are ticketed, most events are free to attend.
* It is advisable to register for each event on the website or on Quicket to book seats for ticketed events.
For more information and a full festival programme, visit www.opendesignct.com.