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June 26, 2012

Your Street Eindhoven Challenge: Inspired by Cape Town

The Bo-Kaap, one of Cape Town's many colourful areas. Image © Cape Town Tourism

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.

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