#cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL-2019 to be hosted in Cape Town on 25 and 26 February, themed “Inspiring Resilience”

The #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL 2019, themed “Inspiring Resilience”, is taking place on 25 and 26February at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. The festival will celebrate globally inspiring, people-led, on-the-ground projects that demonstrate the power of design to tackle current socio-economic and environmental shocks and stresses. Now in its second year, the festival boasts over 20 notable speakers and masterclass hosts from various backgrounds and from across the globe.

  • Purchase tickets here
  • Meet the speakers here
  • Read the Curatorial Statement here


Welcome by : Erica Elk, Director of The Craft and Design Institute, Sebastiaan Messerschmidt, Consul General for the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Rashiq Fataar, Director of Our Future Cities

MORNING SESSION 1 (09:00 – 10:30)

Lectures by :

  • Amira Osman, Professor of Architecture, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Gareth Morgan, Programme lead of 100 Resilient Cities in Cape Town, City of Cape Town
  • Gina Ziervogel, Associate Professor, Unversity of Cape Town

Networking Break (10:30 – 11:00)

MORNING SESSION 2 (11:00 – 12:30)

Lecture : Maxwell Mutunda, Co-Founder, Studio [D]tale

Panel Discussion : Moderated by Claire Pengelly

  • Lance Greyling, City of Cape Town
  • Makhegu Mabanda, Woolworths
  • John Khawulezile Lomberg, Santam

Lunch 12:30 – 14:00

AFTERNOON SESSION 1 (14:00 – 15:00)

Lectures by :

  • Andy Bolnick, Development Practitioner, iKhayalami
  • Sanele GaqaAlcohol Game Changer Lead, Delivery Support Unit, Department of the Premier, Western Cape Government
  • Martin Knuijt, Founding Partner, Okra Landschapsarchitecten

Networking Break (15:00 – 15:30)

AFTERNOON SESSION 2 (15:30 – 17:00)

Lecture : Ifeoma Ebo, Director of Strategic Design Initiatives, New York Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

Panel Discussion :

  • Emma KayeCape Digital Foundation
  • Olwethu Jack, Ubuntu Growing Minds
  • Alderman James Vos, City of Cape Town
  • Rita Cortes, Blindesign


SESSION 1 09:00 – 10:30

  • Waste Industrial Symbiosis Project hosted by GreenCape, Sarah ‘O Carroll and  Emmanuel Kasese
  • Design Thinking for the Rural Artisan Sector  hosted by Rita Cortes, Blindesign

SESSION 2 11:00 – 13:00

  • Climate adaptive toolbox for public spaces : Learning from the Lukhanyo Hub hosted by OKRA
  • Re-Imagine to Re-Design for Resilience : An eco-precinct concept for the Langrug community hosted by the Western Cape Government, Jason Mingo
  • Collaborating for resilience hosted by the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership

SESSION 3 14:00 – 16:00

  • Enabling resilient place making hosted by the City of Cape Town, Resilience Team
  • Better Building Toolkit 2.0 CO-DESIGN hosted by the Craft and Design Institute