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Benefits To Durban As Host City
Hosting large-scale events has positioned Durban as an innovative, globally competitive eventing destination. With extensive previous experience Durban continues to set the benchmark for holding large gatherings, from conferences and meetings, to mega events that are economically sustainable and efficient.
Durban has shown that by holding events where consideration has been given to the social and economic impacts, the benefits to the city are good for the local community, good for the City’s image and good for business.
Durban’s innovative response to an event of this nature has ensured that the projects and initiatives that have been developed around the Congress have long-term legacy value for the city. UIA2014 provides a critical opportunity for Durban to demonstrate its approach to the concept of ‘Sustainable Cities’ through local government engagement, local design interventions, the UIA 2014 International Student Competition, and eThekwini’s Spatial Legacy Projects, among others.
This represents a huge input into the local economy and will boost our tourism, entertainment and leisure sectors.
Many of the aforementioned projects include an element of social responsibility and a commitment to social development. Below are two UIA2014 initiatives which have a particular focus on social responsibility.
Architecture for All
The UIA2014 Congress is committed to ensuring universal accessibility in all venues selected for the upcoming event. To that end our Professional Conference Organisers have engaged all key hoteliers to provide universal access to their accommodation facilities. To date we have established that 42 of the official Congress hotels are accessible and have wheelchair friendly bedrooms. In addition, all official hotels have completed a hotel accessibility questionnaire. The questionnaires have been uploaded to the congress website attached to the hotel fact sheets.
The UIA2014 organising team offices – the city-owned Pump House building on the beachfront promenade – currently has wheelchair access. The building is being renovated by the City Maintenance Department to upgrade accessibility with the design and construction of a ramp on the entrance level to provide access to all. The ramp will be in place in time for the Congress in August.
As far as the Congress venue is concerned, all Halls at the International Convention Centre Durban (ICC) will have ramps onto the stages for wheelchair use.
Street Traders of Warwick
Street traders from warwick are being invited to set up their stalls alongside the pedestrian routes between the ICC and the DEC on the Walnut Road exhibition and events zone. From hair salons, bead sellers, clothing, mielies, and fruit and traditional remedies, a range of traders will sell their products and skills.
Bringing the 'Markets of Warwick' experience to the Congress is an extension of the focus on the economic, social and cultural contribution of the informal sector to the functioning of our city.
Building Resilient Communities through Arts and Craft
The Durban African Art Centre is a non-profit organisation which believes that creativity can effect considerable social change. This belief is achieved through projects which involve partnering with economically disadvantaged people in addressing the challenges of unemployment and poverty. This has led to the production of products which rise above the usual assortment of craft found at local markets and curio stores. A series of exhibitions of these products will be on display, including traditional telephone wire and Ilala Palm basketry, beaded jewellery, traditional Zulu ceramics, story cloth embroideries, textiles and Fine Art. These exhibitions will expose KwaZulu-Natal as the hotbed for creative talent and demonstrate the resourcefulness and potential of its people in finding solutions to their problems. The exhibitions will include demonstrations by crafters which will instil an understanding of their work and show how the production of art and craft can build resilience in disadvantaged communities.