The Fourth Design, Development & Research Conference (DDR2014)

Organization: The Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Venue: Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Event Date/Time: Sep 08, 2014 / 9:00 am - (GMT +2:00 hours) End Date/Time: Sep 10, 2014 / 8:00 pm - (GMT +2:00 hours)
Registration Date: Sep 01, 2014 Time: 20:00:00(GMT +2:00 hours)
Early Registration Date: Jul 01, 2014 Time: 20:00:00(GMT +2:00 hours)
Paper Submission Date: May 09, 2014 Time: 23:59:00(GMT +2:00 hours)
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In the year that Cape Town celebrates its designation as World Design Capital 2014 this conference offers all participants a special opportunity to contribute to current thinking and questioning around design as a catalyst and strategy for social change. Design in its practice, research and education has moved to be more empathic and considerate of the user and their agency, and the many unique contextual requirements of any given proactive problem solving scenario be it for product, building, brand, service or experience design. 2014 presents a multidisciplinary challenge for all who practice, teach and think about design in their respective disciplines to engage with the question – “how can we use design, manifest across multiple disciplines, to make the world a better place for all to live in?’’ Professor Ezio Manzini, a global authority on design for sustainability, and one of our DDR keynote speakers, describes design for social innovation as “a process of change emerging from the creative re-combination of existing assets (social capital, historical heritage traditional craftsmanship, accessible advanced technology) [...] innovation driven by social demands rather than by the market [...] and generated more by the actors involved”. The DDR conference will be an excellent platform for researchers, academics and practitioners who design in various disciplines to come together, share ideas and showcase successes and failures that advance our understanding of what design can be in our complex contemporary society.


Keizersgracht and Tennant Street, Zonnebloem
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa


The Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Keizersgracht and Tennant Streets
Cape Town
South Africa