Cape Town calls for proposals for a “Design Park”

The Western Cape Minster for Economic Development and Tourism, Alan Winde, has announced a call for proposals for the establishment of a Design Park in Cape Town’s design and innovation district, The Fringe. The Fringe located in eastern edge of the Cape Town Central City, is an up-and-coming area for designers and creatives, aimed at using the concept of clustering to promote economic development and innovation.

According to the draft Urban Framework for The Fringe developed by Guy Briggs of GBUSPD, the Design Park could be “a mixed use innovation campus for design, media and ICT; innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, stretching from Primrose Street to Tennant Street along Longmarket Street between Caledon and New Hanover Streets; linking CPUT to the core Fringe area. The site is currently a part of a fragmented and discontinuous environment, consisting of a number of vacant areas currently used for formal and informal parking.
The concept of the Design Park is based on the study of 5 similar precincts globally, including;


The tender

The primate objective of the tender at this stage, is to develop a business plan or case, which included a pre-feasibility study. This will then be matched against a set of criteria and political and funding decisions will be made, before any further work begins. According to Alan Winde “interested parties would have to assess whether and how their facility would contribute towards addressing the assumed skills shortages in the design and related industries in the Western Cape, South Africa and in Africa.”

It is intended that the Design Park will compromise of three key interlinked components:

  • Centre of Skills Excellence in Design and Informatics through expanded facilities which include integrated learning and through research in conjunction with external partnerships
  • Facilities and services to enhance the triple helix and support innovation linkages between academia and businesses and to increase commercialised innovation and sustainable, competitiveness businesses
  • Design Museum/Exhibition and showcase design and innovation.


9 November 2012 to submit bids. Click here to view the tender details.

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  1. James de Villiers

    I loved the idea to theme the park as a lasting legacy of World Design Capital 2014. Why not have a memorial or themed space specific as a lasting remembrance of this honor?

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