Designing South Africa (D_ZA) is a sociospatial enterprise exploring ways in which good design may create better cities in South Africa. Initiated by Zahira Asmal in September 2009, D_ZA was created to facilitate a design led dialogue around the 2010 World Cup and the significant urban projects that surrounded the mega event and the nation’s democracy. Since then the organisation has become a highly respected advocacy group for the proliferation of design thinking in nation building. From designing education to designing healthcare, D_ZA believes that the process of design that includes research, conceptual thinking, workshops and an open solutions-oriented dialogue between diverse role players and designers can assist in building a better nation. D_ZA is produced by The City and is made up of a network of architects, designers, artists, urbanists, policy makers and the media. It provides a tool to engage and connect policy makers, professionals and the public through seminars, exhibitions, publications and online and media resources.
Design, Cities & the World Cup