The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) has announced, that the City of Cape Town (South Africa) has been designated the World Design Capital 2014 beating rivals Dublin in Ireland and Bilbao in Spain. Awarded to cities based on their commitment to use design as an effective tool for social, cultural and economic development, it is a reflection of how the city has socially and physically reinvented itself. Cape Town’s vision of design is based on socially responsible design, sustainability and innovation. As part of their bid, the theme “Live Design. Transform Life” was introduced in support of Cape Town’s objective to focus on enhancing the city’s infrastructure to make it a more liveable African City. Cape Town is a growing and vibrant city, where design has for decades been a significant factor in its desire to build an open city. Need and innovative design has resulted in unique solutions to address the issues of a developing city. A real win for Cape Town and the African continent.