About the event:
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AN EXCITING EVENT FOR GRADES 9 – 12 Learners
Innovation, education and community are the building blocks of a sustainable, inclusive, prosperous society. Design and innovation are the unifying threads that link the building blocks and solutions to develop a better future world. One of Cape Town’s most dynamic design and innovation events, the Open Design Cape Town Festival, brings these concepts together.
Designing Careers for High School learners is the Premier Design Education showcase. From 2017 Designing Careers will be hosted at the magnificent concert hall/auditorium at the Cape Town City Hall
The programme includes:
- Top national, local and international Tertiary Design Schools will present their schools and different study options available. See the confirmed list below
- One Stop Design Shop: Top national, local and international Tertiary Design School Expo – showcasing a variety of study options and student work from different design disciplines. See the confirmed list below
- Tailored Talks by iconic SA Designers: See confirmed speakers below
- Movie Hour
- Food Quarter
ABOVE: The magnificent concert hall at the Cape Town City Hall will be the new venue
for Designing Careers
The confirmed line-up of Iconic SA Designers include:
- Internationally acclaimed SA architect Luyanda Mpahlwa (Design Space Africa responsible for the design of the famous
10×10 Housing project)
- Internationally acclaimed SA furniture and interior designer Haldane Martin who designed the Zulu Mama chair, the Songololo couch and the interior of Truth Coffee to mention a few
At age 26 Phumlani Nkontwana was listed by Mail & Guardian as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans to watch. He will talk about alternative careers important for future career seekers: the importance and need of developing entrepreneurship in Africa, and the role creativity and complexity thinking plays in achieving success.
Another speaker will be confirmed soon.
Confirmed Tertiary Design Schools that will exhibit and present. More tertiary schools will be confirmed soon:
From Cape Town:
- Friends of Design – Academy of Digital Arts
- Inscape Education Group
- Cape Town Creative Academy
- CPUT – Cape Peninsula University of Technology
- Stellenbosch Academy of Design & Photography
Luyanda Mpahlwa is an award winning architect/ urban designer and principal of Cape Town based firm Design Space Africa. He has designed major public buildings such as the South African Embassy in Berlin as well as large scale projects for the Airports Company South Africa among others. His scheme for the 10x10 Low Cost housing project in Mitchells Plein was the first recipient of the 2009 Curry Stone Design international prize and was recognised for its contribution towards ‘improving people’s lives. This project has increased awareness about sustainable & dignified low cost housing and has received international acclaim through publications in various countries the world over. In his work and business Luyanda maintains a focus on empowering communities and people, and ‘transforming life through design.’ Luyanda is a thought leader in urban issues in Cape Town and contributes and participates in a number of urban forums and initiatives, as an oversight expert and mentor to younger designers. Luyanda has been involved with the WDC program since the bid stages and was part of the winning Cape Town delegation to Taipei.
Haldane Martin is a preeminent South African designer and brand, renowned for iconic furniture and high-concept interiors for brands and businesses with signature identities that translate into extraordinary spaces. For Haldane, a design is intuitively recognised as iconic when it marries innovation with beauty and captures the zeitgeist of the day in a timeless fashion. Seamless integration of indigenous craft, sustainability, cultural identity, biomimicry, geometry and digital design has seen the iconic Songololo sofa and Zulu Mama chair – among others – become highly sought after by design collectors and connoisseurs worldwide. The Haldane Martin brand is also growing a name as an interior design consultancy. Haldane’s 20-year experience in furniture design has set him apart as an interior designer. His keen understanding of how things are built lends a higher level of innovation. His honed skills enable him to create and execute high-concept interior elements that capture and express each client’s unique identity at the same time as solving complex functional design challenges.
Phumlani Nkontwana is fighting for a simple principle: quality education for all — and not just for those who can afford it. A One Young World Ambassador, Nkontwana is living proof that being disadvantaged doesn’t mean you can’t be successful and, through his Phumlani Nkontwana Foundation (PNF), he ensures that learners in under-resourced schools are given the chance to excel despite their circumstances. Nkontwana identifies under-resourced, high-performing schools through PNF and helps to sustain them by capacitating leadership and providing academic and financial support to top students. His long-term vision is to link 1 000 Craig Paxton top-performing schools, creating a “club of excellence” that inspires under-resourced schools to perform better. With a degree in economics and statistics from the University of Cape Town and three years’ experience heading up the Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme at the Alan Gray Orbis Foundation, Nkontwana recently started his own consultancy, providing support to start-up entrepreneurs. Phumlani holds a Masters degree in Development Economics from the University of Johannesburg and a BCom degree in Economics & Statistics from the University of Cape Town. Phumlani has done economic research for DNA Economics (Pty) Ltd and Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) in Pretoria and Cape Town respectively. He is a Richard Branson Entrepreneur, Seed Institute Entrepreneur and MD of Phumlani Nkontwana Consultants (Pty) Ltd; a dedicated firm whose strength of resources empowers entrepreneurs and ordinary citizens with specialist knowledge in order to make decisions that stand the test of time amidst a world where grounds seem to shift too often than we desire. In 2009, Phumlani cut his teeth in entrepreneurial fund management through the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation (AGOF) where he looked after the entrepreneurial leadership programme of the Gauteng Region. The Programme imparts entrepreneurial skills, knowledge & attitudes to participants across South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland & Botswana. Phumlani is the co-founder of the AGOF’s flagship entrepreneurial development programme still currently used to date. He is a One Young World Ambassador, a title obtained after being part of the African delegation at the One Young World Summit in Switzerland 2011. He was also recognized as one of the top 200 young South Africans by Mail & Guardian (2012). Phumlani recently completed a short course at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of the European Forum for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER) in July 2016. The course was on designing impactful and innovative entrepreneurship programmes. Recently Phumlani has been appointed as a lecturer and research Associate of the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) at the Stellenbosch University alongside being a founding director for the new flagship degree programme in Sustainable Development with a strong training focus in entrepreneurship education.
Location: Auditorium, Cape Town City Hall, cnr Darling Street and Corporation Street
Corner of Darling and Corporation Street , Cape Town