“The World Design Capital designation is a city promotion project that celebrates the accomplishments of cities that have used design as a tool to reinvent themselves and improve social, cultural and economic life.” http://www.worlddesigncapital.com/
World Design Capital 2014 is hosted by Cape Town, South Africa and will include 460 design projects aimed at transforming the city. ArchiAfrika Accra and the Institute for Music and Development in Ghana have joined hands to support Accra Mayor Honourable Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije in representing the city at World Design Capital 2014 this October.
An elegant, organic structure with industrial elements has been designed to house “A Tale of Two Cities”, a multimedia installation exploring the parallel narratives of Accra and Cape Town through history, from culture and their independence struggles to their current connected economies. These narratives will be woven together to divulge the growth and evolution of Accra into her modern self, outlining the plans for the continued positive transformation of Accra into a modern, culturally inspired, creative City.
The Accra installation is designed by architect Joseph Osae-Addo with collaboration with ArchiAfrika’s Creative Force office in Johannesburg led by Delphina Namata Musisi. Creative Force is made possible through a partnership with Prince Claus Fund and DOEN Foundation, as part of efforts to support local governments through design. The installation takes the viewer on a journey through the past, present and future of Accra. The reed structure will house the narrative, told through imagery and video clips, displaying Accra’s journey, first as the home of the Kingdom of Melle, through her colonial age and ending in present day. Highlighted will be her relationship with her host city, Cape Town, particularly during the colonial/apartheid era as well as the current interactivity of the cities through trade and economy.
This exhibition would not have been possible without the support of Judith Aidoo and Accra based Caswell Capital Partners Limited who have generously offered to cover the cost of the entire construction of the exhibit after what, in the current global economy, was a difficult fundraising drive. Caswell Capital Partners Limited is a private investment company and financial advisory firm that leverages their insights, experience, and relationships to create enduring value. They focus primarily on the financial services, real estate, media, information, education and commodities sectors.
Luyanda Mpahlwa and Cape Town based DesignSpace Africa have also been great supporters of this initiative through sponsorship and logistical support. This award winning firm’s mission is to create sustainable environments defined by a passionate vision for architecture and technology, corresponding with global, contextual design culture.
ArchiAfrika advocates for the promotion of an empowered African awareness and discourse through education, governance and design; they join this initiative as part of their mission to engage Ghanaians and Africa as a whole in the dialogue surrounding the African Condition. ArchiAfrika Director and former Mayor of Accra Nat Amarteifio provides ArchiAfrika with insight into the Accra Metropolitan Assembly; his input is invaluable in ensuring that A Tale of Two Cities fits squarely with our mandate to support local government initiatives through design while truthfully reflecting the goals of the office of the Mayor.
The Institute for Music and Development (IMD) – under the guidance of Founding Director Korkor Amarteifio – contributes to the evolution of a professional and vibrant music industry in Ghana and continues to play a pivotal role in the development of a self-sustaining music industry network in Africa through advocacy, documentation of traditional and contemporary music styles and their dissemination through the electronic media as well as production of audiovisual material, human resource and institutional capacity building and creation of network opportunities.
Architect and Chairman of ArchiAfrika Joe Osae-Addo will represent the Mayor at the opening event. The exhibition will run from the 15th to the 19th of October 2014 at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.
This exhibit is made possible by: