• 10×10 Low-Cost Housing Project

    The issue of low-cost housing in South Africa is also of global social relevance. The Design Indaba 10×10 Low-Cost Housing Project aims to stimulate alternative solutions to housing and to truly “create a better future, by design”. In Cape Town some of the most impoverished families will benefit directly, but this project is also a powerful vehicle to stimulate a much wider debate, awareness and creative thought around the delivery of low-income housing. The first qualifying solution came from Luyanda Mpahlwa, the Executive Director and partner of MMA Architects. For the 10 x 10 Low-Cost Housing project they had to design for a single-family home and leverage the extremely tight budget by borrowing elements from indigenous mud-and-wattle building techniques.  The Cape Town studio of MMA Architects has since transformed into the new firm DesignSpace Africa under the leadership of Luyanda Mpahlwa

  • Violence Prevention Urban Upgrade

    Safety is a key aspect related to mobility, and ranges from integrated safety devices in modern vehicles, to the design of safe pedestrian walkways like the Violence Prevention Urban Upgrade (VPUU) project, which was initiated in 2006. The VPUU is an example of design that can transform the life of residents living in poor circumstances, such as the people living in the township Khayelitsha. The VPUU Harare Urban Park is situated within the Harare neighbourhood. Prior to the development of this site as a public space, it was considered to be a crime hotspot, unsafe for walking and often used as an illegal dumping ground. In the past Harare had some of the highest murder and rape statistics in SA. By improving the overall environment within the community, there was a 24% drop in crime in one year, and an overall drop of 40% in Harare, Khayelitsha.

  • Mzolis

    Founder and owner Mzoli Ngcawuzele is an entrepreneur with a passion for his country, enthusiasm for food and a love for his people. This passion and a very clear business vision led to Mzoli Ngcawuzele to start a business that will bring together people from all walks of life. And that’s exactly what he did. This self-starting businessman opened a butchery and a beer tavern in one of the oldest townships in Cape Town, Gugulethu. Today this is a popular social spot among South Africans across class and race divides. The outside pub and barbeque of Mzoli’s is visited by tourists and frequented by locals. It is a vibrant and well-loved meeting place for people to eat, dance and enjoy each other’s company.

  • Spier Wine Farm

    Spier has a well established solid waste management and recycle program on the farm. Spier’s enterprise development approach is both innovative and empowering. To mention one, Treepreneurs encourages people in impoverished communities to grow trees inexchange for essential goods. The estate also supports entrepreneurs by helping them create micro-enterprises linked to Spier.

  • Lynedoch EcoVillage

    Lynedoch Eco Village is the first ecologically designed socially mixed intentional community in South Africa. It is a socially and economically viable centred around a learning precinct located outside the South African university town of Stellenbosch. It showcases practical and working examples of an ecologically designed urban system that uses local replicable technologies. Also home to the Sustainability Institute, an international living and learning centre, provides a space for people to explore an approach to creating a more equitable society that lives in a way that sustains rather than destroys the eco-system within which all society is embedded.

  • Babylonstoren

    Babylonstoren boasts with 10 ha of critically endangered vegetation. This unique area of natural vegetation is a transitional zone between Swartland Alluvium fynbos and Boland Granite Fynbos. Babylonstoren, in collaboration with Cape Nature, has established a stewardship programme on the farm to ensure the future of this last remaining biodiversity jewel will be conserved. Babylonstoren is also a member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI). As a member the farm needs to meet several conservation terms and conditions set out by theBWI. This is done to achieve a sustainable future for the farm and surrounding region.

  • Haldane Martin

    Iconic furniture & interior designer Haldane Martin graduated in Industrial Design in 1992 and began his own contemporary furniture design company in SA’s design capital, Cape Town in 1994. His animated designs such as the internationally acclaimed Songololo Sofa and the SABS award winning Zulu Mama chair have become much loved icons of a new South African design identity.  

  • Ruth Prowse Art School

    Ruth Prowse, an artist and architectural conservationist bought the old complex in 1958. Due to her passion in architecture she did much to preserve the history of the homestead. Named after Ruth Prowse and founded by artist Erik Laubscher in 1970, the present Ruth Prowse School of Art, operates from the old farm homestead.

  • Old Castle Brewery Building

    The Castle Brewery was completed in 1901 to serve the huge demand for beer created by the Boer War and for many years the complex was the headquarters of SA Breweries. Restoration started from 1982 onwards Supervising the restoration was William Otten who was keen to restore and modernise the building with the intention to let out space to the creative community who need studio type premises with facilities for exhibiting work in the centre. The studios are equipped to provide for a work/living environment.

  • Oranjezicht City Farm

    The Oranjezicht City Farm is a unique example of a successful, non-profit, small-scale urban farming operation in the heart of the city of Cape Town, which is run almost entirely by volunteers from the community. Recognised as an official World Design Capital 2014 Project, the farm provides a space for the local community to meet, interact and learn about urban food growing. The Oranjezicht City Farm invites you to visit them on a Saturday between 9am and 2pm to come and experience what low-impact, sustainable community living is all about. In addition to experiencing the wholesome way of life the OZCF has bought to the city, you can also do your weekly food shopping (fresh produce, home baked bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey, muesli etc.), and try out some delicious cooked and raw foods. Be inspired about helping to build an alternative food system. Click here todonate to the OZCF.

  • Cape Town Stadium

    The Cape Town Stadium is one of three 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup stadiums that was an entirely new construction and was one of the largest constructions that the City of Cape Town ever embarked on. Situated on the coastline of Table Bay and on the doorstep of the popular V&A Waterfront, the Cape Town Stadium is beautifully positioned and in full view of Cape Town’s most famous landmark, Table Mountain.

  • The Fringe – Innovation District

    Previously known as East City, The Fringe, Cape Town’s Innovation District started to take shape in 2007. This district stretches between Roeland and Darling Streets, Buitenkant and Canterbury Streets, and connects the land to CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) from Longmarket through to Tenant Street. The Fringe is modelled on an urban “science park” model managed by professionals that focus on community prosperity, promoting innovation and developing an integration of education and business. Long term the vision of this district is to develop and align itself with other great international models like 22@Barcelona, Toronto Fashion Incubator and Design London.

  • KLUK CGDT

    Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit decided to become a design duo in 2005, where the well known KLUK label became locally and internationally recognized as KLUK CGDT. Malcolm Kluk was born and bred in Durban, studied Fashion at the Internationally renowned British School of St Martians and proceeded in doing his final year apprenticeship with John Galliano. His counterpart, Christiaan, was born and bred in Worcester and studied at and graduated from the Cape Technicon School of Fashion. The two designers are well known for their impeccable style, graceful designs, and their perfect understanding of the female form and demur. KLUK CGDT has taken South African fashion to another level and has given South African fashion an international flare with their clean lines and attention to detail.

  • Bibliophilia

    Bibliophilia is a boutique bookshop specialising in graphic design, art, street art, illustration & photography, plus a small selection of local documentaries, music and children’s books at really good prices.

  • Vida e Caffè

    Receive a free coffee on your birthday when you present your ID. Ts & Cs apply.

  • Rosetta Roastery

    At Rosetta Roastery we’re passionate about coffees that are as unique and character-filled as the people who drink them. We source single origin and estate coffees from South & Central America, Africa and Asia, micro-roasting each one to best present its unique personality. Great coffee is best enjoyed fresh and at leisure, which is why we deliver twice weekly in Cape Town, free of charge.

  • Selah

    Our physical space is located at the Woodstock Foundry (160 Albert Road) in Cape Town, South Africa. We stock a carefully curated selection of once-off pieces, books, stationary, writing implements and art. We also accept commissions for murals and installations.

  • Chapel

    Chapel began when we started riding bikes around Cape Town and couldn’t find a backpack that we liked and was made locally. So we mocked it up, tried it on our friends, and started production on what is now our number 1 best seller, The Rider. This idea of locally sourced material is our foundational value and governs the whole design process. Everything used to craft our products, from the leather to our fine woolen lining is made here in South Africa – and this core value creates the type of challenge that our team has a passion to solve. We keep pushing with what we’ve got until it meets our standards of excellence and durability. Chapel is inspired by the joy of watching an idea come to life and the reward of working through a design problem until a simple, beautiful product emerges. All of our goods meet a local need. Each bag, sleeve and garment is batch produced in small runs that respond to current trends and most importantly, to the demand we see on the street.

  • Opus Studio

    Opus Studio us a multifaceted florist, specialising in hanging gardens, floral and plant related designs

  • Superette

    The organizers of the award-winning Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock would like to introduce you to Superette, a neighbourhood cafe on the ground floor of the Woodstock Exchange building. The menu is prepared daily using locally sourced seasonal fare. Coffee by local roasters Deluxe and Rosetta, as well as a selection of craft beers on tap. Open daily during the week for breakfast and lunch, with a special brunch menu on Saturdays.

  • Cape Town Fashion Council

    Registered as an industry association in 2006, the Cape Town Fashion Council (CTFC)’s purpose is to represent, develop, support and grow the Western Cape’s fashion sector. The CTFC’s vision is for the Western Cape’s fashion design sector to be nationally and globally recognised and desired for its uniqueness and excellence. The Council represents over 900 members including local fashion brands and industry stakeholders within the Clothing and Textiles value chain. The strategic goals of the CTFC are to provide initiatives that develop and support the fashion industry in the Western Cape as well as ensuring that local fashion designers access, maintain and grow their market share.