Design with Africa (DWA) is calling on African designers to take up the YOUR Street challenge and share an innovation that can transform life on the street “where you live”. We’re looking for ideas that combine homegrown ingenuity with an awareness of global trends.
Your design idea needs to be affordable, practical, sustainable and scalable, while also demonstrating that you’re plugged into the needs of “your local community”. The YOUR ST Design Award organised by Design Indaba is part of the City of Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 mission to Live Design Transform Life.
DWA founders … XYZ Design is offering a R100,000 grant for the implementation of a winning design. While compliance with the Design Indaba competition requires designs to be implemented in Cape Town, South Africa, DWA would like to encourage designers on the continent to participate. In the case of winning designs coming from outside of Cape Town, R50 000 will be allocated for implementation of the design in the winner’s street of choice and R50,000 for its implementation in a street in Cape Town. Proposals will be judged on the following six cornerstones of design for social change:
- Generosity: How many people other than you does your design solution effect positively?
- International excellence and innovation: Does your design solution stand up to and trump similar world-class ideas?
- Feasibility: How do you propose to allocate the R50 000?
- Fun: How much pleasure, enjoyment, beauty and smileyness does your design solution inspire?
- Do: Can and will the design solution actually be executed?
- A better world through creativity: How does your design solution make the world better and further inspire other people to make the world better?”
The deadline for proposals is 7th September 2011.
Click here to find out more about the competition.
For the purposes of this competition you can, if you like, treat any street in any local community in Cape Town as yours. The importance is that you demonstrate an understanding of the needs of that street and what might transform life on it.