Andrea Couvert moved to Cape Town 11 years ago from Turin, Italy. Having worked in social co-operatives and development agencies for over 15 years, he has an extensive experience in developing communication projects such as documentaries, magazines and multimedia exhibitions. In South Africa he has been volunteering with an NGO working with refugees, has worked as project manager for an IT Co-operative, then became art director in a graphic design company and is now CEO of the communication agency Slowdesign.
Mar 2015 – Present
Co-design Project - Iqhayiya Community Radio Station, Samora Machel, Philippi, Cape Town - Support for the Radio Station on developing a communication strategy.
Activities: community co-design workshop - training workshop for website management and content updates - technical assistance - radio podcasts - online streaming radio
Partners: Media Aid - Italy, University of Cape Town, Slowdesign, Rainbowmediagroup
Mar 2015 – Present
ARP – Art Residency Project. The aim of the project is to strengthen the cultural dialogue between Italy and South Africa promoting residences for young artists, cultural events and exhibitions in Italy and in South Africa. Project by Centro Luigi Di Sarro. Parters: Gallery Everard Reed, Rainbowmediagroup, Consulate of Italy in Cape Town, Slowdesign, Ruth Prowse school of Art. Project funded by the Italian Foreign Ministry
Pilot project: Design Strategies for enhancing service delivery in Solid Waste Management at Doornbach, Cape Town
In alignment with the City of Cape Town quest to provide adequate basic services to all its residents, this pilot project seeks to establish the effectiveness of existing services to residents at Doornbach, and subsequently to determine appropriate design strategies for enhancing service delivery in solid waste management processes. The research team shall employ participatory methods to co-design potential solutions in consultation with diverse actors and stakeholders of the said informal settlement.
Partners: Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the City of Cape Town
Coordinator of the World Design Capita project MIDA (made in democratic Africa, #WDC541) - Transdisciplinary workshop between 5 italian designer and the Design Faculty - Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Cape Town.
Member of the World Design Capital 2014 Curatorial Panel.
Design Can Do Workshop - November 23/25, 2012 - a social design organization set up with a can-do attitude to tackle current social issues around the world. Rock City Foundation, Korea Institute of Design Promotion, Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Talkoot! - 10 November 2012, Cross-community design workshop during the World Design Capital: Helsinki Meets Cape Town. In collaboration with Social Justice Coalition, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Aalto University, Aalto Global Impact, RLabs.
Design Storming Workshop Khayelitsha 30 June - July, 2012 Participatory design process with communities and professional about Refuse collection. Creative Cape Town, Cape Town Design Network (CTDN) and the Social Justice Coalition.
Workshop Indaba Design - SAHRE VICTORE WILKER workshop, Cape Town 2011
Course in Video Production, whit Roger Lucey and Les Aupias, Centre for Film & Media Studies, University of Cape Town July 2005
Princess Vlei co-design workshop 21 October 2017
Food Day 2016
Design storming Workshop 24-25 August 2013 - Khayelitsha, Cape
Freedom's Child - Melanie Scholtz sings J. Matthews
Project website: http://freedomschild.co.za
Design Storming Workshop 30 June and 1 July 2012 - Khayelitsha, Cape Town
Talkoot! Day 10 November 2012, Cape Town
Fingerprint a printer co-operative, Cape Town, South Africa.