As promised, here is another update on our mission to build the first Agoras! Having been accepted into the World Design Capital in Cape Town 2014, we are getting closer every day to securing a site and the funding necessary to build the first Agora in one of the underserved neighborhoods of Cape Town.
The World Design Capital event takes place every other year in a different international city. The purpose of the event, which is managed by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, is to recognize and award accomplishments made by cities around the world in the field of design. Specifically, projects that are dedicated to using design as a tool for social, cultural and economic development are recognized. Thousands of projects enter and only a few hundred are accepted into the Official Program, and only a small percentage of those are tangible building projects.
The central theme behind the Cape Town’s successful bid to host the WDC, “Live Design. Transform Life”, focuses on the role that design can play in social transformation in the city. Under the overarching theme, four themes have been developed to ignite the imagination of the public, and to contribute towards a greater understanding of the multi-faceted nature of design. The themes are: African Innovation. Global Conversation; Bridging The Divide; Today For Tomorrow; and Beautiful Spaces. Beautiful Things.
By using local contractors to build the Agora, we believe it will truly embody all four themes of this year’s WDC and be a lasting source of community connection and education for many years to come. You can see The Agora Project’s official listing in the program here: http://www.wdccapetown2014.com/projects/.
We have several allies on the ground in Cape Town working with us to make it happen, but we are always on the lookout for more resources and connections to see that an Agora gets built – if you know of anyone who might be able to help us in South Africa, please do let us know!
Below is a visual of some of the projects that have been recognized by the WDC. You can use the reference number to find the projects on the link above. Here are a few of our favorites (in addition to The Agora Projects, of course, #WDC398):
#WDC224 , Solar Sculpturing
Photovoltaic solar materials harness the sun to turn public art into a community hot spot and energy zone. By day an outdoor exhibition, by night a self-illuminating sculpture.
A multi-purpose public meeting and information space that is made out of cork. The design of space can be replicated and used in different contexts to beneﬁt schools, public squares and museums.
#WDC206, Project Isizwe
Project Isizwe aims to harness the power of the internet in low-income communities for the purpose of education, and use it as a catalyst for change. Free Wiﬁ will be rolled out to libraries, schools and community centres in Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha in 2014.