Department of Design

local partner

  • What: temporary space with events and exhibitions
  • Where: Provenance Auction House, Cape Town
  • Who: Dutch Consulate in Cape Town, Christine de Baan, Hester Swaving, Droog, Institute of Amazing Shit, ThingKing
  • When: 8 – 26 July

Department of Design, housed in a heritage building in Cape Town’s city centre, formed the highlight of the Dutch contribution to World Design Capital, Cape Town 2014. The event was born from the vision of the Dutch Consul General, Ms. Bonnie Horbach, and the former Director of the DutchDFA, Christine de Baan; to catalyse and support long term Dutch-South Africa collaborations in the field of design thinking and innovation . It was supported by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Dutch Top Team for Creative Industries and the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI).

Future Cape Town played the role of the local partner, with our work covering; operation of the building and events and exhibition, co-developing the content for the main programme with Christine de Baan and communicating the events. The team also comprised Studio Droog and a network local design partners who designed and produced the dramatic interior of the space.

Department of Design was officially open, by the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Ms. Lilianne Ploumen and Deputy Mayor for Cape Town, Ian Neilson. Over 17 days, 90 events were hosted across the main and parallel programme; in the form of workshops, debates, lectures, dinners and more. Department of Design was also visited by honoured guests which included the globally respected Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille and other leading figures in the fields of design and sustainability.



  • role: co-producer
  • what: podcasts
  • where: Assembly Radio (Published online)
  • when: December 2013 – May 2014
  • who: Rashiq Fataar (Future Cape Town), Matthew Griffiths and Rafeeqah Galant (Echo Ledge Productions), Olamide Udoma (Future Lagos), Shaakira Chohan (Future Johannesburg), Melissa Meyer (Future London)

Under the slogan “Exploring the people and stories shaping our cities”, the 15 episode podcast series Metropolist, was co-hosted by director of Future Cape Town, Rashiq Fataar and co-owner of Echo Ledge Productions, Matthew Griffiths. The show aimed to take a deeper look at the way in which cities are changing, and the people, stories, events and ideas shaping them. Broadcast live from the studio of Assembly Radio in Cape Town, the series also connected with correspondents in Johannesburg, London and Lagos, bringing a global view to the way citizens and cities interact. Some of the invited guests included Trevyn McGowan, Guy Briggs, Enver Duminy and Mark Coetzee, while topics included, mega-events, townships, cycling, african futures and youth development. The series has been published at the Future Cape Town and Metropolist show websites.

Design, Cities and the World Cup

  • role: co-host
  • what: symposium
  • where: Cape Town Lodge Hotel
  • when: 3 July 2014
  • who: Moderators – Zahira Asmal (Designing South Africa), Rashiq Fataar (Future Cape Town), Panelists: Laurine Platzky, Yazeed Kamaldien, Robert Silke, Gabs Pather, Frank Cumming, Atang Tshikare, Jodi Allemeier, Marco Morgan. Sponsor: Cape Town Tourism

Co-hosted with Designing South Africa, the event presented a critical dialogue and discussion on the role of the World Cup and other mega events as key drivers of design and city making and ultimately in forging a greater South African society. The forum was seen as part of an on-going discussion on the role of mega events in South African and Brazilian cities, and how they can be better used to catalyse urban solutions, be they spatial, social or infrastructure oriented. The event comprised two panel discussions. The first discussion was a retrospective look on the successes and lessons from the hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with a panel involved in the planning of the mega-event. The second took a prospective look at how future major or mega-events might be approached or hosted, including a view of the social and other aspects.

Design Africa

  • role: supporter
  • what: symposium
  • where: Brundyn+ Gallery, Cape Town
  • when: 11 August 2014
  • Who:  Luyanda Mpahlwa and DesignSpaceAfrica, Angela Mingas (Angola), Joe Addo (Ghana), Sithabile Mathe (Botswana), Edgar Pieterse (African Centre for Cities), Iain Louw (University of Cape Town), Rashiq Fataar (Future Cape Town), Mokena Makeka (Makeka Design Lab), Ruben Reddy (Reddy Architects), Simmy Peerutin (Peerutin Architects), Thiaan Meyer (Meyer & Associates), Michael Krause (VPUU), Ephim Schluger, Henrie Comrie (URBA Architects & Urban Desginers), Simone le Grange, Lauren Herring, Uriah Cloete, Michael de Beer

The Design Africa Symposium was a special event presented by WDC Cape Town 2014 and Luyanda Mpahlwa of DesignSpaceAfrica, with support from PPC Cement. The symposium continued the dialogue from the UIA 2014 25th World Congress on Architecture in Durban, as both WDC 2014 and UIA 2014 offered significant opportunities to bring international attention to South Africa’s design landscape. Under the theme ‘Design Visions for African Cities of the Future’, the symposium took the form of conversations with international and local voices on the contemporary condition of African cities. Featuring a robust line-up of design practitioners from across the African continent and diaspora, the objective was to analyse the urban development challenges facing African cities and to map out possible visions to re-shape African city environments into the future. Future Cape Town supported the event through our website, social media and moderation.

Future Foreshore

  • role: exhibitor
  • what: exhibition
  • where: City Hall
  • when: 14 – 25 April 2014
  • who:  Sponsor: HOTT3D Marketing (Liam Beattie), University of Cape Town (Curator): Ralph Borland

This Transport for Cape Town initiative challenged UCT to develop innovative and creative proposals for the future of the city foreshore and its unfinished freeways. The faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment took up the opportunity to integrate this into their academic curriculum for students over the course of 2013. The exhibition was a culmination and presentation of students’ proposals from the UCT School of Engineering and The Built Environment. The Your City Idea installation appeared in the City Hall as part of the Future Foreshore Exhibition hosted by the University of Cape Town.The installation is a 2 metre tall yellow box that displays two questions, with four options each for voters to choose from. One of the questions made reference to the future use of the Foreshore Freeways, and provided case studies from other cities as options. The options were displayed as images, using local and international case studies, and are presented in four pigeon holes.

City as a vision

  • role: exhibitor
  • what: exhibition
  • where: FRAC Centre, Orleans, France
  • when: September 2014 – February 2015
  • who:  Prospective: Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Asymptote Architecture (Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture) , BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), BNKR Arquitectura, Delhi 2050, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, DOMAIN Office + KAAN Architecten, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Foster + Partners, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Future Cape Town, GRAU, Heatherwick Studio, MAD Architects, NLÉ, OMA, Oppenheim Architecture + Design, The Petropolis of Tomorrow, SL Rasch GmbH Special & Lightweight Structures, SNØHETTA, Urban Think Tank, WOHA

The exhibition City as a Vision by the FRAC Centre pays tribute to historian and critic Michel Ragon who gave an introduction to the issues of experimental architecture – a field that lies at the heart of the Frac Centre’s collection. The exhibition is divided into two sections – one historical, the other prospective and through six thematic sections, along with a hundred or so scale models, drawings, and photomontages, the exhibition focuses on giving an overview of this search for new territories and urban configurations capable of welcoming future city-dwellers. Future Cape Town was approached to exhibit in the Prospective  section of the exhibition showcasing the Future Cape Town website, and timeline of the organisation’s development, from volunteer movement to independent organisation.


  • role: co-host
  • what: tweetchat conversations
  • where: Twitter
  • when: during 2014
  • who: in partnership with This Big City: Joe Peach and Alejandro Echeverria

#CityTalk is s tweetchat series exploring issues and trends affecting cities around the world. Founded in 2012 by Joe Peach of This Big City and Rashiq Fataar of Future Cape Town, 31 tweetchats have been hosted – 8 of them in 2014 – with 15 co-hosts. In 2014 the topics included: Urban Agriculture,  Participation in Planning,  Mega Events,  Film and the City, Temporary Cities,  Art and the City, City Hype, Liveable Cities

The Power of Film

  • role: local partner
  • what: workshop and film screening
  • where: Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town and Ithuba Art Gallery & Bioscope Johannesburg
  • when: during 2014
  • who: Pidgin Perfect: Dele Adeyemo, Natalia Palombo and Future Cape Town: Rashiq Fataar, Brett Petzer

The Power of Film to Transform Lives and Communities: A Festival of African Storytelling, Film & Design is a project of Pidgin Perfect who teamed up with African film researcher Natalia Palombo, in an exciting collaboration with the British Council’s Connect ZA project, and Creative Scotland. Future Cape Town’s role as a partner was to open up the explorations and discussions to greater participation. A workshop entitled Film informing design thinking in the urban realm was hosted by Brett Petzer, with participants working in groups tolco-design visions and elements of a modern day African apartment block. This was followed by the screening of Africa Shafted a documentary filmed entirely in the lifts of Africa’s tallest apartment, Ponte Tower.

Walking tours

  • role: host
  • what: walking tours
  • where: Cape Town CBD
  • when: during 2014
  • who:  Future Cape Town: Rashiq Fataar, Brett Petzer, Anna Brown, Jade Leaf with special guests

Walking tours were hosted in 2014 to engage with our readers and the broader public, and saw significant interest from media in the design fields. The walking tour during 2014 covered themes which included: Designing a liveable city, Cape Town Stadium and Green Point Park, Heritage Architecture and Public Art. A particular highlight of the tours this year was the coverage of the tours as part of Monocle TV insert, as well as international and local media coverage.


  • role: host
  • what: website
  • where:
  • who: Rashiq Fataar, Brett Petzer, Nick Webb, Jade Leaf, Gareth Davies, Anna Brown, Emma Menteath, Melissa Meyer, Olamide Udoma, Nkemka Uche, Rebeccca Biti, Shaakira Chohan

With the expansion of the Our Future Cities network to include Future Johannesburg, Future Lagos and Future London, the website content more consistently covered developments and views from each city.

2014 saw the readership figures increase from 97,000 in 2013 to 131,000, showing growth of over 30%, with 350,000 views in total. The majority of visitors are still from South Africa at 58%, with the remainder of the international traffic dominated by the USA and UK. The highest growth in visitors was from Brazil, Netherlands and Kenya.

305 articles were published.

International Visitors Programme

  • role: guest
  • what: programme of meetings
  • where: Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague
  • when: 15 – 20 September 2014
  • who: Het Nieuwe Instituut (host), Visits: OMA/AMO, Creative Industries Fund, RebelGroup, ArchiAfrika, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the Berlage Institute, ZUS, Shift Architecture, the International New Town Institute, Crimson Architectural Historians, KCAP Architects & Planners,  MVRDV.

In collaboration with the Consulate General in Cape Town and INTI (International New Town Institute), Founder and Director, Rashiq Fataar was invited by Het Nieuwe Instituut to the Netherlands to expand his network and gain new ideas and knowledge. From 15 to 20 September 2014, visits were made to various architecture offices, civil society organisations working in urbanism, schools and various cultural funds.

Young Urbanists

  • role: host
  • what: a community
  • where: Cape Town
  • when: during 2014
  • who: Future Cape Town

In late 2013, the idea of a network for young people who are current and future leaders in the field of urbanism stemmed from the introduction of a strategic goal of the organisation to empower young people in the field of urbanism. During 2014 a series of small events including breakfast, informal discussions, meetings and online discussions took place to get key input from young people. The agreed structure of Young Urbanists, would be that of a community, for the next generation of urbanists, administered by Future Cape Town, but open to any participant or member to organise their own events. A key element of these discussion the importance of a sense of community and support, across multiple fields.

‘This is your city, what could it be?’

  • role: Curator What: temporary space with events and exhibitions
  • what: A yearly 60 day food, design and art festival in Lagos
  • where: 58 Raymond Njoku, Ikoyi Lagos
  • when: 18 – 31 January
  • who: A Whitespace Creative Agency

As part of the 60 day Food, design and art festival hosted by A Whitespace, Future Lagos took over a wall to engage people living in Lagos in debates around the city’s future by asking them what they would like their city to be. People who visited the space wrote about their visions of what they want their Lagos to be on post-it notes. By using such a space Future Lagos engaged with people in debates around the future of Lagos. It was also an opportunity to introduce Future Lagos within a creative space.

The Printing Press Project

  • role: Delegate
  • what: Workshop/Roundtable discussion
  • where: Goethe-Institut Nigeria, City Hall, Lagos Island
  • when: 8-9 October
  • who: Goethe-Institut, Nigeria, Bukka, Nsibidi, Africa Centre for Cities, VANSA, Video Art Network

The Printing Press Project has been developed out of a series of discussions with artists and urban planners and interested activists. They saw the lack of affordable and accessible arts spaces that could act as catalyst for new interdisciplinary artistic approaches. The Printing Press building offers a unique chance to respond to this demand. By offering a combination of exhibition/performance space, studio and arts residency space, training and resource spaces, archive space and educational/research space it positions itself as a major cultural initiative in Nigeria with potentially strong impact on the future development of the cultural scene in the country and the sub region.
Future Lagos was invited by Goethe Institute to participate in two day a workshop and roundtable discussion on the use and development of the colonial Printing Press building.