June 26, 2012
Your Street Eindhoven Challenge: Inspired by Cape Town
With a passion for travel, tourism and social media, Cape Town is the quintessential backdrop for Media Developer Leon Jamarie and his cape adventures.
With the City as his canvass Leon paints the town red covering a range of events and activities in the peninsular while staying true to the traditional culture the mother city offers it’s children,
Originally from Durban, Leon is still an accidental tourist in the city he now calls home and as such is on the line between resident and local tourist able to provide inside knowledge and flavour to the average mundane travel blog.
He is always on the look out for that hidden gem or typical CT party. If it’s fun, relevant, he will cover it.
The Your Street Challenge, inspired by Design Indaba, made its international debut in the city of Eindhoven in the Netherlands this month. This follows the concept launched in Cape Town last year as part of the World Design Capital 2014 bid celebrations.
The concept aims to challenge designers to enhance an aspect of city life using design as a tool. Entries included a walking route in Woodstock, fireproof shacks in urban dwellings, urban gardens and public community facilities. The winning entry for the Cape Town Your Street Challange came from Acre Road, Kensington.
Check out the winning video below:
The project received an overwhelming response, so much so that the city of Eindhoven has taken a cue from the 2014 Word Design Capital and launched Your Street Eindhoven. The Your Street Eindhoven creatives are tasked with conceptualising an intervention that will improve the urban fabric of the city similar to that of the South African version.
For full details on the Your Street Eindhoven Challenge, as well as the competition criteria and deadline, visit www.designindaba.com/yourstreet.
Cape Town is known for its historical buildings and architecture, but the city has also seen a resurgence of developing and redesigning local communities and the designation of design districts such as The Fringe. Cape Town's theme for World Design Capital 2014 is Live Design. Transform Life. It will showcase the important role design and the creative sector play in transforming a city, making it not just a great place to visit, but a greater place in which to live.