Above: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu.
The Peace Centre
Inspired by the Archbishop’s legacy of activism, the new Desmond Tutu Peace Centre will be a resource for African and global peace movements, as well as individuals interested in contributing to a more equitable world order.
Currently housed in temporary offices in downtown Cape Town, the focus of its work is on peace, leadership training and sustainable development.
It’s estimated that the new, state-of-the-art facility will make an impact on 1.5-million visitors each year with:
In a Partnership Agreement, the City of Cape Town generously granted the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre a prime block measuring nearly an acre - at a nominal cost. This site is adjacent to the hugely popular Cape Town International Convention Centre and excellent hotels.
Architects Van der Merwe and Miszewsky, in association with the award-winning Luyanda Mpahlwa of MMA, have designed a building that draws on ancient and contemporary African peace and justice themes.
The Peace Centre, with its masterful blend of space, light and technology will encourage all who enter to work toward peace. Planned facilities include a peace room for deliberation, a contemplative space for reflection, a museum, exhibit halls, conference rooms, a theatre, educational laboratories, a research library and bookstore.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s office and archives will also be housed in the new Peace Centre.
Once complete, the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre will house various exhibitions and attractions, with the common denominator being a dedication to peace building. The largest of these will be a museum attraction.
Already viewed by thousands is the world's largest humanitarian exhibition, The Hands that Shape Humanity, an initiative of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre.
People who have excelled in areas ranging from business, polit ics, acting, filmmaking and athletics were interviewed and asked: "If there is only one message of wisdom that you could leave behind for humanity, what would it be?"
Their messages have been captured on film and as handwritten pieces. The hands of all contributors have also been cast in bronze.
Until May 31, 2005 it was on display at the Iziko Slave Lodge in Cape Town. In 2007, the exhibit will travel to selected museums worldwide, before becoming a permanent fixture in the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre.
The Peace Centre will be open to hosting various temporary exhibits as well. The key criterion in reviewing such requests will be whether the exhibit in question contributes to our vision of nurturing peace.
Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation
205 East 64th Street, Suite 503 New York, NY 10065 Tel: 212-750-5504 | Fax: 212-371-2776
The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation (U.S.) and the Desmond Tutu Peace Trust (S.A.) work together to raise funds throughout the world for the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.
Top: Architectural plan of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in Cape Town.
Above: An aerial picture of Cape Town.