South Africa – Cape Town and Stellenbosch – is the continent chosen by eight students from the Masters of Design and Innovation to discover the new roles of the designer in the 21st century.
Considered one of the developing countries with the greatest promotion and development of innovation, sustainability and creativity, South Africa is an ideal destination for the learning and personal growth of designers.
The students visited Cape Town, which is recognised as the first African city to be awarded the title of Design City by UNESCO, a city that faces many social and cultural challenges.
In collaboration with the Sustainability Institute, the designers underwent a transformational experience in their vision of design from which many opportunities have arisen for design and innovation to reveal their potential as tools for creating a better world.
The social trauma of the consequences of Apartheid, the historical process of the redistribution of the population on the basis of race or a possible reuse of solid waste for the creation of biogas are some of the insights that the designers have taken as a starting point for developing their social innovation projects.
In addition, the designers were able to share impressions and experiences with sustainable development professionals, such as Luke Metelerkamp, Vernon Collis and Eve Annecke. As well as talking with Theresa Edelmann, a renowned historian specialising in the South African continent.
The Intercontinental trips are transformative experiences that combine the specificity of each discipline with the cross-cutting and multidisciplinary nature required of today’s creators and are a key point in the programme of the Masters of Design and Innovation.
Good designers are always travelling and discovering. Keep learning and curious, transform something inside. Eye and heart open to absorb everything. Never take anything for guaranteed, designers are always learning.
Victoria de Pereda, Director of the Masters of Design and Innovation
Images provided by the students of the Masters of Design and Innovation