Open Design showcases innovation at City Hall
Written by Yazeed Kamaldien
A four-second condom applicator and a ritual circumcision device are among product designs on show at the Open Design exhibition currently running at the City Hall.
The exhibition runs through a few rooms of the historic City Hall opposite the Grand Parade in central Cape Town. It is open to the public.
A number of talks and events have already been held since it opened last week. The event runs until August 31.
Also on show is a poster exhibition in tribute of former president Nelson Mandela. The event also hosts a seminar on Thursday called Designing Democracy, which aims to “speak to how design can take a lead in social development”.
Designing South Africa is hosting the seminar and its founder Zahira Asmal said they want to “explore ways that good design may better serve our society to afford dignity to our people”.
“In order for a nation to be a democracy, all citizens should have an equal opportunity to participate in its development and partake of its services, through political, social, cultural and economic engagement,” said Asmal.
Asmal said she found the not-for-profit organisation ahead of the 2010 World Cup to “facilitate a design-led dialogue around significant urban projects”.
A host of lunch time talks are planned at Open Design this week. Topics include how to build your design business and integrating sustainability into design.
The full programme which lists the week’s talks and other creative events is available on the website http://www.opendesignct.com