For those that have seen crowds of people walking the city streets on guided Cape Town walking tours and always wondered what was going on, every First Thursday of the month, Future Cape Town organises walking tours through various part of the city as one of their World Design Capital projects. Along with a group of other curious individuals, this is your chance to explore galleries, stores, architect, city design, public spaces and much more. Of course it’s not all on the one evening, otherwise we would’ve been going until midnight.
Each of the Cape Town walking tours is themed with a planned route of some of the cities iconic – and not so well-known – landmarks and buildings, with a bit of history lesson thrown in. This month the tour focused on city design and architecture.
What makes a livable and sane city? What is the function of public spaces and how do we get people to engage in the use of public spaces? These are just some of the questions that came up during our meander through the city.
Our experience of one of the Cape Town walking tours
Starting at Green Market Square, the first public square in Cape Town, our guide gave us some background into this historical square, such as the square itself was originally used as a slave market and as a market for fruit and vegetables and that at one point it was the location of the well that was the town’s main water supply during summer months when streams from Table Mountain dried up. Although there was a lot happening on the square around us, everyone huddled together listening eagerly. We learned about the architecture, the history and the buildings; I never realized so many styles and types of buildings existed in such close proximity of each other.
Each of the guided Cape Town walking tours is different because there’s just so much to see – so don’t worry about getting bored by seeing the same things. Everything from the theme to the route – and even the group changes. But there are the few die heart fans that you can meet up with each week and enjoy a nice walk through the city and catch up.
Check out their website and save the next date – be adventurous and explore the city.
Written by Anna Sinnige
It’s quite possible that the high of Open Design Cape Town has never really left the team of Infestation, but has merely been collected into a small inspiration reservoir ready for the next Open Design because we know 2014 is going to be big. And how do we know this? The numbers don’t lie.
The inaugural Open Design Cape Town event set the tone and made its mark to show that it was here to stay – and as the brand and marketing custodians, we couldn’t be prouder of the success we accomplished in such a small space of time:
Anchor Events: 12 | Total Events: 81 | Venues: 38 (throughout Cape Town) | Visitors through City Hall: 5 815 (21 – 31 August 2013) | Visitors through participating events: 1500 (21 – 31 August)
Events that broke attendance records: Pecha Kucha Cape Town (680) | Creative Mornings Cape Town with Bruno Morphet (122) | Future Cape Town Open City mini-conference (120) | Open Architectural Studios (15 studios) |
Media Exposure: R5 million (July 2013 – August 2013) | Facebook Likes: Over 1000 likes before event had started | Twitter Followers: Over 500 followers before event had started.
Unique Visitors to www.opendesignct.com: 11 456 (July 2013 – August 2013) | Page views on www.opendesignct.com: 72 622 (July 2013 – August 2013) | Total visits to www.opendesignct.com: 20 263 (July 2013 – August 2013)
What’s happening in 2014?
We can’t let on to too much, but what we can tell you is that we’re looking at extending the duration of the festival and hoping to create more platforms through which creative minds can showcase their work.
The year of Cape Town as World Design Capital is around the corner, and with design media attention turning to Cape Town, Open Design Cape Town 2014 can only be bigger and better, a through-the-year platform for everybody to engage with.
So, what will you be sharing next year?
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