At Future Cape Town we have decided that the month of September, at our website, will be known as the Month of Design. Our coverage from the world of Design kicks off with news from those in attendance at the World Urban Forum in Naples, taking place until 7 September 2012. The theme for this year’s meeting is The Urban Future with over 3,000 participants from 114 countries expected to attend.
The International Federation of Landscape Architects’ World Congress is also being hosted in Cape Town, and takes place from 5-7 September at City Hall, including tours to interesting and challenging places and spaces around Cape Town, with the theme “Landscapes in Transition”.
Cape Town’s annual Creative Week from 15 to 23 September sees a host of creatives – from architects and artists, to authors and advertising experts – converge on Cape Town from across South Africa and abroad, for a series of festivals, events and award ceremonies, including the 2012 Loerie Awards.
We bring you coverage from the Architecture ZA 2012 Biennial Festival conference and side events, on social media and at our website. It is being held at Cape Town City Hall, from Thursday, 13 September to Sunday, 16 September, with hundreds of architects, and students expected to attend. ‘Rescripting Architecture’ is the theme for this year’s event and the festival runs in conjunction with the annual Student Architect Festival.
September is also the month during which we launch our Future Space project, an “introspection” of public spaces in Cape Town, which seeks to map the lived experience of the city’s people in the city’s spaces now, and as it could be.
Future Cape Town MD, Rashiq Fataar, heads over to London to explore what the London Design Festival has to offer our urban world from 14 – 23 September. While there he will also be attending the launch of The Crystal, a global urban sustainability centre, exploring how we can create a better future for our cities. It is home to the world’s largest exhibition focused on urban sustainability, bringing together city decision makers and the public.
On 20 September, our coverage will include insights from the Urban Planning for City Leaders conference, being jointly organized by UN HABITAT and Siemens at The Crystal. Its purpose is to explore how sustainable technologies and policies can improve quality of life in cities.
We end the Month of Design on 29 September, with a tour of the construction site of Cape Town’s newest tall building, Portside, which is rapidly rising and set to forever change our city’s skyline. More details will be made available about the tour closer to the time.
Special thanks to Roann Louw for creating our background image.