Cape Town World Design Capital 2014
The “Live Design, Transform Life” tour, Cape Town
A five day four night package, with the 12 Apostles Hotel
“The World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 is an opportunity to understand how integral design is in our everyday lives and how we can use it as a tool to support the changes we would like to see in our homes, schools, neighbourhoods, city and country... Design is the enabler through which we can re-imagine our city, and improve the lives of its citizens.“
With design as the guide, this four day World Design Capital travel package journeys deeply into the multiplicity of facets the make up the city of Cape Town, and explores how design has shaped our city and our lives, and how it can and is shaping our future.
The journey is built, loosely, around the four key themes of the World Design Capital bid, with a range of experiences bringing them to life:
Global conversation - African ideas that speak to the world
Inspiring architecture, interiors, food, fashion, jewellery, craft, art and creativity
Today for tomorrow
Sustainable solutions for people and planet
Bridging the divides
Design that connects our city and communities
The World Design Capital travel programme detailed in this document is to designed to be run over any period of the year, adjusting to whatever programming is available at the time. Each package will adjust depending on specific World Design Capital activities happening at the time of booking, for example, elements of the Open Design Festival can be included August 2014, as well as elements of the Cape Town Story Market, running across 2014.
Day1. Arrival day
Airport transfer, check in to hotel, relax!
Dinner at Azure Restaurant at the 12 Apostles, and a drink with head chef Christo Pretorius, briefly exploring his application of design in creating a five star menu, especially with regard to using indigenous ingredients.
Overnight 1 of 4, 12 Apostles.
Day2. Full day, 0900 - 1800
How design shaped our past.
From Camissa the Place of Sweet Waters, to Cape Town the apartheid City, to Langa, the new centre.
Today is a context day. We explore the history of the city, from its indigenous roots as Camissa, the Place of Sweet Waters, through the origins of Cape Town as a city with the arrival of the Dutch and the ensuing colonial regimes, to apartheid and up to 1994 and democratic elections. We are ultimately looking at the history that designed and shaped the city and the policies that determined the lives of its citizens. And we glimpse into the future.
Inbetween the context and history, there are many converging threads, including architecture, urban planning, food and creativity.
Part1. The Mother in the Mountain
An essential introduction to Cape Town, the Mother City, and an opportunity, from an aerial perspective at the Foot of Lion’s Head, to map the city’s past, and get a perspective on the programme for the week.
Part2. Designing the slave city and the apartheid city
Exploring the origins of the city, with visits including the District Six Museum (exploring design and memory, forced removals as a function of designing the apartheid city), the Slave Lodge and the Oranjezicht City Farm (the farm was a selected as a World Design Capital project for 2014).
Part3. Lunch at Dear Me Food World
For lunch, we dine at the 2013 Eat Out Awards Rising Star designated restaurant, Dear Me Food World, and we’ll meet the head Chef Vanessa Marx.
Part4. Repositioning the centre of the city
For the afternoon, we explore the Langa Quarter, a citizen created project, and a World Design Capital selection. Langa was the first Cape Town township, established in the 1920s by the English colonial government. Today, it is just about the centre of the metropole, and no longer a peripheral location. It is a new epicentre.
As urban geography has shifted around Langa, so Langa has been setting itself up to take advantage. The Langa Quarter is a citizen social enterprise project designed to establish Langa as the gateway to the Cape Flats and as a new commercial hub in the city. We meet the creators of the project, and tour the Langa Quarter on foot with them, before visiting the original Langa CBD and looking at the connections.
We also visit the Pass Museum, and gain further insights into issues of restriction of movement and the power dynamics of space.
Part5. Dinner at the Test Kitchen
The Test Kitchen is Eat Out Magazine’s restaurant of the year 2012 and 2013. It is in the Biscuit Mill, in Woodstock, in the heart of a design precinct to be explored on Day3.
Overnight 2 of 4, 12 Apostles.
Day3. Full day, 0900 - 1800
How is design shaping our present.
Where does the city find itself today?
Part1. Investment Pavements Weeds
John Bauer is one of the most progressive artists in Cape Town, and the city’s leading ceramic artist. His technical and political suss make him a unique individual, and visiting his home is like entering his brain. His work is primarily in ceramics, and his technique, his ability to extrude design on ceramics is unparalleled. He has repurposed a Sung Dynasty technique to recreate colours in fantastical ways. On this part of the journey, to his home in Harfield Village, a site of forced removals, we are hosted by John and given insight into how design thinking shapes his work as an artist.
Part2. Grassy Park, the Wetlands Capital of South Africa
Kelvin Cochrane’s project in Grassy Park, a zone classified coloured under apartheid, and the suburb with the most incredible concentration of wetlands, saw a dumping ground on the West cost of the Zeekovlei transformed into a fynbos paradise that is home to some of the last remaining fynbos plants. The Bottom Road Sanctuary is a public zone, designed and created by citizens, lead by Kelvin, who sees Grassy Park as the Wetlands Capital of South Africa. Zeekovlei, Princess Vlei and Rondevlei are all around Grassy Park. On this visit, we meet Kelvin, visit his exquistely beautiful home at the Sanctuary, and learn about a citizen-lead intervention to change how the public views public space and their role in it.
Part3. Lunch at the Pot Luck Club
Luke Dale Roberts 2nd restaurant, The Pot Luck Club sits high above Woodstock, and gives a great perspective over the city. It is a very creative tapas restaurant with strong design cues.
Part4. Woodstock Design Precinct - meet the makers Part1
An easy going afternoon exploring the Old Biscuit Mill, the Woodstock Exchange and the Side Street Studios, three key components of the Woodstock design precinct. We will also explore the wealth of street art in the area. We will meet designers, engage with a diversity of product design, from organic raw chocolate to animal-free shoes.
Free night with restaurant recommendations
Overnight 3 of 4, 12 Apostles.
Day4. Full day, 0900 - 1800
Wine by design
An exploration of the wine region of Cape Town, visiting estates who have introduced bold design interventions to transform the industry socially, culturally and environmentally.
Visits and tastings would include the Solms Delta wine estate, in Franschoek, whose ownership model, and indigenisation of the wine estate paradigm, is making a big impact. Their music museum is a World Design Capital project. La Motte for their beautiful wines, and Pierneef art collection, and the Spier Wine Estate, which has one of the most extensive art collections in the country, and is the name behind the Spier Contemporary, a massive art biennale.
A lunch exploring indigenous food of the region at the Fyndraai Restaurant at Solms Delta, hosted by their chef Shaun Schoeman.
Overnight 4 of 4, 12 Apostles
Free night with restaurant recommendations.
Meet the makers part2 - City
We spend the morning exploring design in the central city, visiting some quirky design emporiums, fashion designers and future tech designers. The morning is about connecting with the makers in their studios and boutiques.
After lunch at one of our favourite favourites, Hemelhuijs, it’s to the airport for your return flight.
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