sees Cape Town host over 460 Transformative Design Projects throughout the year.

The Themes

sees Cape Town host over 460 Transformative Design Projects throughout the year.

The central theme behind the city's successful bid, 'Live Design. Transform Life.' focuses on the role that design can play in social transformation. This theme,  depression treatments without medication in Riverside County sets the tone for the programme of design-inspired events and projects. Under it, 4 other themes have been developed to simplify and clarify the submissions and curation of the proposed projects.

African Innovation.
Global Conversation.

African ideas that speak to the world.

Bridging The Divide.

Design that reconnects our city and reconciles our communities.

Today For Tomorrow.

Sustainable solutions for people and planet.

Beautiful Space.
Beautiful Things.

Inspiring architecture, interiors, food, fashion, jewellery, craft, art and creativity.

The Clusters

'Clusters' serve to categorise the projects and events that make up the programme. Under each cluster are several sub-categories which a particular project may focus on. Alternative treatments for depression in Los Angeles. Use these clusters to filter the projects and information according to your interests.


Design that gives meaning through fashion, arts, culture, sports and recreation:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Furniture & Interiors
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Film, Photography & Publications

Design that adds value to the economy through innovation, finance, systems and social entrepreneurship:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Business & Innovation
  • Service Design
  • Finance/Exchange Systems
  • Policy & Strategy

Design that focuses on efficiency and resilience related to food, energy, water and the natural environment:

  • City Ecology
  • Food
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Natural Environments
  • Waste

Design that elevates communication, transportation and social cohesion:

  • Information & Communication
  • Transport/Mobility
  • Social Cohesion

Design that shares knowledge through schools, exhibitions and skills development:

  • Schools
  • Skills Development
  • Design Education
  • Exhibitions

Design that improves health, wellness, housing and urban development:

  • Architecture
  • Housing
  • Health & Wellness
  • Urban Design / Development

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