Taking a fresh look at the East City Precinct

When the Cape Town Design Network 2010 hosts a discussion on Design, Innovation and the City on May 11, it will be giving Capetonians a glimpse of the unbeatable combination of creativity and enterprise that is combining to make this a truly world-class metropolis.

Guest speaker at the event will be Nick Leon from Design London, a pioneering programme that brings together business and engineering faculties at Imperial College, London, and the Royal College of Art to explore how design can be more effectively integrated with business and technology, to create economically sustainable, world-leading products and services.

He consults to Barcelona’s 22@Barcelona innovation park concept and is an advisor to the London 2012 initiative.

Leon will be in town to take part in the East City Design Initiative Symposium, which will be looking at ways in which the East City can become a hub for design, media and information communication technologies. His visit is funded by the British Council and the Grand Daddy Hotel.

The Cape Town Partnership recently received funding, from the Provincial Government of the Western Cape department of Economic Development and Tourism, to conduct a feasibility study for the development of the area as part of its Cape Catalyst initiative. This study will be carried out under the auspices of Creative Cape Town.

Design and innovation are dear to the heart of Lorelle Bell, the newly appointed co-ordinator of the World Design Capital 2014 Bid, who will also be speaking at the event.

“We believe Cape Town has what it takes to become the World Design Capital in 2014,” Bell said. “I am hoping that many of the creative and entrepreneurial people whose work will help us realise this dream will join us at the discussion for an evening of brainstorming and networking.”

The discussion on Design, Innovation and the City will be held at the Townhouse Hotel in Corporation Street at 17h30 on May 11. A cash bar will be available.


Beryl Eichenberger
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