Montreal (Canada) – As part of its mandate to increase member participation in all of its projects, Icsid is calling on all of its members to fill two spots on the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 International Advisory Committee. Selected individuals will have the chance to directly contribute to the international and local yearlong programme of events that will take place in Cape Town (South Africa) from January to December 2014.

Since being designated World Design Capital® (WDC) 2014 almost a year ago, the City of Cape Town has been working on the preparations for the yearlong programme of events.

The WDC 2014 International Advisory Committee will comprise a highly respected group of at least five (5) internationally recognised experts in the field of design who will lend their knowledge and expertise to the benefit of the implementation company in Cape Town as it develops to the WDC Cape Town 2014 programme.

Interested candidates must belong to an Icsid Member Society in good standing and should have some knowledge and/or experience of Icsid and its projects.

Members of the WDC 2014 International Advisory Committee (IAC) are expected to:

  • advise the implementation company regarding programme development for WDC 2014
  • liaise with the local curator panel to ensure a balanced WDC 2014 programme considering local and international objectives
  • provide an external perspective on the WDC 2014 strategy and vision
  • keep the implementation company abreast of international best practices relating to design focused events
  • play an ambassadorial role for WDC 2014 to help reposition Cape Town internationally
  • act as ambassadors for WDC 2014, both formally and informally in the lead-up and during the WDC year, by activating their own networks (providing access to these networks where required) to champion the theme of socially transformative design and encourage international engagement

Meeting obligations
The WDC 2014 IAC will be required to meet at least once a quarter (either virtually or in person) to provide creative and strategic direction to the planning and execution of the WDC 2014 programme of events.

  • in-person meetings will take place in Cape Town (South Africa) and will not exceed two days
  • virtual meetings will take place via Skype or video conferencing and will not exceed two hours

Tentative meeting timeline (dates subject to change)

  • meeting 1: December 2012 via video conference
  • meeting 2: February/March 2013 in Cape Town
  • meeting 3: June 2013 via video conference
  • meeting 4: September 2013 in Cape Town
  • meeting 5: December 2013 via video conference
  • the meeting schedule for 2014 and 2015 is still to be confirmed.

Other obligations include

  • contribute to at least one WDC 2014 opinion piece or blog per quarter, under the direction of the WDC 2014 Communications Director
  • provide feedback on occasion for project reporting purposes. This will be requested on an ad hoc basis.

While the WDC 2014 IAC is a voluntary committee, the WDC 2014 implementation company will cover all travel, accommodations and related expenses for in-person meetings.

The WDC 2014 IAC will consist of:
1 Cape Town based individual with an international profile,
1 high profile African designer,
2 international individuals who will be drawn from the Icsid member base,
1 representative from the Icsid Secretariat.

How to apply
Interested candidates are asked to submit all parts of the application form to no later than Friday, 28 September 2012.

Applications will be reviewed by the members of Icsid’s World Design Capital Organising Committee.

Final appointments will be made in October 2012.

Download application.

About World Design Capital® (WDC)

While there are many awards that recognise individual accomplishments in design, the World Design Capital designation is unique as it aims to focus on the broader essence of design’s impact on urban spaces, economies and citizens. The designation provides a distinctive opportunity for cities to feature their accomplishments in attracting and promoting innovative design, as well as highlight their successes in urban revitalisation strategies.

The World Design Capital is an initiative established and managed by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. Past cities to hold the title include Torino (Italy) in 2008 and Seoul (South Korea) in 2010. The City of Helsinki (Finland) is currently implementing its programme for 2012 under the theme of Open Helsinki: Embedding Design in Life, whilst preparations for Cape Town (South Africa) are underway for 2014.

About World Design Capital Cape Town 2014

Cape Town is the 4th city to be designated World Design Capital. Preparations for the 2014 programme of events are already underway. For more information on the City of Cape Town and updates on their progress visit: