Best de­sign

OF 2015

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Nowhere can the power and pol­i­tics of South African de­sign give a clearer de­pic­tion of 2015 than in the poignant protest posters that came out of this year’s #FeesMustFall move­ment. To aes­theti­cise them now could po­ten­tially im­pair their func­tion and ef­fect, but whether we like it or not, they are as much a sym­bol of that po­tent time in our his­tory as the pho­to­graphs and speeches that ac­com­pa­nied them. Some of the posters were as sim­ple as a scrawled “1976?” to “Our par­ents were sold dreams in There was no end to the gated com­mu­ni­ties blos­som­ing all over the con­ti­nent this year – the R1 bil­lion, Monaco-sized Steyn City in Jo­han­nes­burg be­ing the most lav­ish (and in­fa­mous) among them. We saw the emer­gence of the tech­nop­o­lis in Africa, where these “smart cities” are be­ing hailed as the 1994 ... We are just here for the RE­FUND!!!” Some found the hu­mour in a sad sit­u­a­tion, such as: “Fees must be re­duced to a fig­ure Zuma can read!!!”; “What if the cure for Blade’s face is in a brain of a child who can’t af­ford uni­ver­sity?”; and the bril­liant: “Dear Blade: must 0% look like a beer bot­tle for you to un­der­stand?” Some con­veyed ab­so­lutely noth­ing funny what­so­ever: “Ed­u­ca­tion should not be a debt sen­tence.” 2015 will go down as the year of the stu­dent and, as one poster bril­liantly pre­dicted: “We are F.UCT”. Th­ese posters are our de­sign of the year.


next big thing in the fu­ture of a con­nected con­ti­nent. Africa shone at the Expo 2016 in Mi­lan as well, with the Morocco pavil­ion mak­ing a proud ar­gu­ment for the fu­ture of in­dige­nous build­ing tech­niques. Next year’s Venice Ar­chi­tec­ture Bi­en­nale will no doubt be all about the South African pavil­ion, which is out on ten­der at the mo­ment.




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