“Design talent is a growing global currency. The cities that best support their creative communities, from architects to city visionaries, tend to be the best known and most visible. A developing nation like South Africa desperately needs designers, urban thinkers, economists, engineers, artists and planning specialists, not only to create suitable responses to social challenges but also to seek collaboratively to construct and create a better society.”
Zahira Asmal founded DESIGNING_SOUTH AFRICA, a research and advocacy initiative focused on city-making and design. She is editor of Reflections and Opportunities: Design, Cities and the World Cup.