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As Open Design draws closer, it’s time to make sure you add your event! Whether hosting a gallery opening, throwing a party, opening your studio to the public or even facilitating a workshop, we’re looking for events in and around the city that resonate with the theme of this year’s OPEN DESIGN Cape Town festival: Design is for Change. 

It’s the ideas, concepts and collaborations at events like OPEN DESIGN Cape Town that show just why Cape Town is World Design Capital 2014. Take part and celebrate the transformative nature of design.

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EcoBricks is an official World Design Capital project #WDC614 Look out for the EcoBrick Star Lounge just outside the City Hall from 13 – 23rd August.  Each EcoBrick made in the Cape will not only serve as an entry ticket for the exuberant and awe-inspiring Open Design festival, but will become part of the Star Lounge structure and...Read More


The Maker Library Network is an official World Design Capital project #WDC687 Calling all design professionals and design students (2nd 3rd or 4th year), pattern makers, seamstresses, fashion designers, architects, graphic, surface designers with experience in using flat substrates (paper, fabric, board etc). to explore the possible ways to use a synthetic material called Tyvek...Read More


Un[convention]al is an official World Design Capital 2014 project/event  #WDC307 Before the main event that will be hosted on 11 October, the un[convention]al team will hold a special and free mini event at Open Design on 16 August. This bite size un[convention]al event promises to be a powerful mix of inspiring examples of social innovation, good conversation and...Read More


Image: 20th Century Beer Storage vessel from Botswana Exhibition is from 12 May-12 October 2014 Design & Making [the story of food] is a collaboration between the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) and Iziko Museums of South Africa’s Social History Collections Department. It is an official Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 project (#WDC461)....Read More



This year, South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, a milestone that marks the evolution of South Africa over the past two decades. Change has been pivotal to the growth and development of the nation. It is this notion that underpins the theme for OPEN DESIGN Cape Town 2014: Design is for Change.

Open Design Cape Town 2014 will explore and demonstrate how design is and can be an enabler, an advocate of transformation and positive change. Design is integral to making change happen. And design impacts on every aspect of our lives. From developing educational tools and technologies for children, to devising mobile apps that create access to quality healthcare; from empowering people to think laterally, and encouraging business to find new ways to approach entrepreneurship – and everything in between – design is everywhere.

And when it comes to social advancement, commercial enterprise or environmental beautification, services, products, systems, environments and idea exchanges, the potential for transformative design is ever-present. Design truly is for change.

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It's hard to believe that a year has passed since the inaugural Open Design Cape Town in 2013. Last year was just a taste of what was to come this year, but in case you missed it, or just want to know more about Open Design Cape Town, LiveMagSA put together this "Open Design Cape Town that was" video. Now, once you've seen this, we hope we'll be seeing you at Open Design Cape Town 2014.




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