Cape Town achieves highest number of entries

254 projects entered Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 

The fifth Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award (DBUAA) in Cape Town has received the highest number of applications since its establishment in 2007 (2007 Mumbai 73; 2008 Sao Paulo 133; 2009 Istanbul 87, Mexico City 193; 2012 Cape Town 254).

The submissions reflect the vibrancy and creativity of Cape Town dwellers in facing the social and urban challenges of their city. From a plurality of social and geographical backgrounds, the projects indicate that strong and diverse alliances are being built to improve the urban environment and quality of life. The support of universities, local authorities and government programmes as well as the cooperation of different community organizations has been an important ingredient for the success of the projects.

Besides the large number of submissions, the Cape Town projects are of a general high quality and fall into a diverse range of categories such as education, culture, environment, sanitation, public space, local economies and social integration.

The winner will be announced on April 19, 2012 at the Civic Centre, Cape Town.

Wolfgang Nowak, director of Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society said: “All the projects which applied for the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award are ambassadors of the good ideas of Cape Town. And they make me very optimistic for the future of the city.”

The award will be judged by an independent jury of international and local members from a mix of disciplines. The three international jury members are Prof. Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities, the former Mayor of Washington D.C. Tony Williams, and architect Enrique Norten (TEN Arquitetos, Mexico/NY). The jury is chaired by Edgar Pieterse, Director of the African Centre for Cities at UCT, and the local jury members are Nomfundo Walaza, CEO of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, poet, playwright and performer Malika Ndlovu, and CEO of the Cape Town Partnership, Andrew Boraine.

Commenting on the high volume of applications, DBUAA Jury Chair Edgar Pieterse says: “It is a testament to the vibrant grassroots energy in Cape Town. It proves that if government and business truly want to address the burning problems of the city, they simply need to look close enough at what is happening on the ground, and they can find the partners to make a lasting impact. All Capetonian jury members were are over the moon about the enthusiasm of activists in the City to participate in the Urban Age Award initiative.”

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