Cape Town will be the 2014 World Design Capital…..well not yet at least, but it’s pretty much in the bag i reckon after it was announced that the city was short-listed along with Dublin and Bilbao for the prestigious title.
The birthplace of unicorns and rainbows beat out 56 other cities when it was announced today that it was short-listed as one of three cities that will be evaluated for the honour of World Design Capital 2014.
Here’s the press release:
“Montreal (Canada) – Following deliberations on 9 June 2011, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) has the pleasure to announce on behalf of the members of the World Design Capital® (WDC) Selection Committee that the cities of Bilbao (Spain), Cape Town (South Africa) and Dublin (Ireland) have been selected as the three shortlisted cities that will move on to the next round of evaluation in the bid to becoming the World Design Capital in 2014.
In 2014 selection of World Design Capital will be the fourth appointment by Icsid of this biennial designation to a city, in recognition of its accomplishments in using design as a catalyst for development and reinvention, as well as for improving its social, cultural and economic environments.
After a comprehensive review of all bids submitted, the cities of Bilbao, Cape Town and Dublin distinguished themselves not only by demonstrating their individual approaches towards design in their cities, but also managed to convey the impact of these on the various aspects of social, cultural and economic life, as well as provided three very unique visions for how design will continue to reinvent their urban landscape.” [KEEP READING]
Nicely done Cape Town. Nicely done. Go read more about what the title will mean to the city on the WDC2014 website HERE.
The official announcement on which city gets the title happens on 26 October 2011.
But deep down you already know don’t you.