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#cocreate Blue-Green Cities Design Awards 2022 takes place in Cape Town

27 Oct 2022

As part of the #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL 2022 in Cape Town, the #cocreate Blue-Green Cities Design Awards 2022 were conceptualised to celebrate inspirational initiatives that represent best practice in terms of water sensitive design and the transition to water sensitive cities in South Africa, particularly as it relates to water quality.

Entries to the awards closed on 10 October 2022 and 10 applicants were shortlisted. On 27 October 2022, in a special awards ceremony hosted in Cape Town, a panel of three judges adjudicated the shortlisted entries categories: Best Use of Water as a Design Informant; Best Student / Research project; Best Community-Based project.

The 10 finalists were each asked to present their projects to the panel of judges and to create posters depicting each project which were displayed during the preceding #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL 2022 as well as at the awards ceremony venue.

  1. There were two additional categories of prizes: Most Valued Water Sensitive Innovation – which wasselected by the audience selected through a voting process and an overall winner – in the category Most Valued Project: Water Champion.

Proudly presented by Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa (#cocreateSANL) with the Craft + Design Institute (CDI), the Design Festival and the awards highlighted how we design better processes, systems and products that can lead to a more water secure future, particularly in an African context.

The awards aimed to acknowledge people who have played a significant role in the water sector and to celebrate those who have uplifted communities and who strive to develop sustainable innovations and inclusive systems within our cities. The shortlisted entries were recognised as projects that promote water sensitive design, the development of resilient cities, and that showcase the value of building in harmony with nature for all citizens.

The programme’s narrative has been guided and influenced through a collaboration with representatives from the City of Cape Town, the Future Water Institute from the University of Cape Town, and the Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa.

The festival is one of Cape Town’s annual highlights that gives recognition to the city as a UNESCO City of Design. The project is aligned to UN Sustainable Development Goals 6 (Clean water and sanitation) and 11 (Sustainable cities and communities).

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