World Design Capital
World Design Capital (WDC), designated every two years by the World Design Organization (WDO), recognizes cities for their effective use of design to drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental development. Through a year-long program of events, the designated city showcases best practices in sustainable design-led urban policy and innovation that improve quality of life.
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WDC 2020 World Design Policy Conference
On October 19-23, the WDC 2020 World Design Policy Conference will explore design as a tool for resilience and study how design can and is being used at the core of the democratic process.
2022 World Design Capital Valencia Visual Identity Receives Two Red Dot Design Awards
The visual identity of Valencia as 2022 World Design Capital and its graphic application on posters, created by Ibán Ramón, have been awarded with two Red Dot Design Awards.
Valencia Named World Design Capital 2022
The World Design Organization has today announced Valencia (Spain) as the 2022 World Design Capital. Valencia is the eighth city to hold this biennial designation.
WDO Announces Shortlisted Cities for World Design Capital 2022
The World Design Organization (WDO) has today announced that Bengaluru (India) and Valencia (Spain) have been shortlisted to become the 2022 World Design Capital (WDC). The shortlist was established by the WDC Selection Committee comprising international experts in design or cities economic and social…
WDO Launches Bid Process for World Design Capital 2022
The World Design Organization (WDO) has launched the bid process for the 2022 World Design Capital (WDC) designation, inviting cities from around the globe to apply for its 8th WDC designation and to demonstrate the ways they are using design to create inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities.
Lille Metropole Named World Design Capital 2020
The World Design Organization (WDO) has named Lille, France as the 2020 World Design Capital. The city won the title for the effective use of design to drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental development.
WDO Announces World Design Capital 2020 Shortlist
The World Design Organization (WDO) has announced that Lille, France and Sydney, Australia have made the shortlist to become World Design Capital 2020, for their effective use of design to drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental development in their cities.
World Design Capital 2020: Call for Applications
Icsid has launched the bid process for its World Design Capital 2020 title. The World Design Capital mobilizes an entire city in a year-long design program that showcases the effective use of design in making a city more attractive, competitive, and livable.
World Design Capital 2018 Shortlisted Cities Announced
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) has revealed the shortlist for the World Design Capital 2018.
Taipei Selected as World Design Capital 2016
Taipei has been selected as the 2016 World Design Capital (WDC). Taipei is the fifth city to receive the accolade following Torino (2008), Seoul (2010), Helsinki (2012) and Cape Town (2014).
World Design Capital 2014: Call for Submissions
City of Cape Town, World Design Capital 2014, is calling for submissions to contribute to the 2014 program.
Call for World Design Capital 2016 Applications
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is calling design-driven cities to bid for the World Design Capital (WDC) 2016 designation.
WDC Title is Transferred to Cape Town
Icsid has handed over the World Design Capital title from Helsinki to Cape Town on November 29, 2012, during the WDC Closing Summit.
World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 Launches Milan Mobile App
World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 has launched an update to its WDC 2012 app for visitors on the move in Milan during Salone Internazionale del Mobile on April 17-22.
WDC Helsinki 2012 Released Its Mobile App
The World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 app was released today, offering digital program listings, always up-to-the-minute and easy to carry around.
World Design Capital 2014: City of Cape Town
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) announced that the City of Cape Town has been designated the World Design Capital (WDC) 2014.
World Design Capital 2014 Shortlisted Cities
Bilbao, Cape Town and Dublin have been selected as the three shortlisted cities that will move on to the next round of evaluation in the bid to becoming the World Design Capital in 2014.
56 Cities Show Interest in World Design Capital Designation for 2014
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) announced a landmark for the World Design Capital (WDC) initiative as a record 56 cities in 24 countries have expressed interest in the 2014 designation as applications closed on March 31, 2011.
Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo to Lead World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 Committee
Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has been appointed chairman of the committee tasked to support the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project.
Call for Applications for the World Design Capital 2014 Designation
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is currently inviting cities to submit applications for the World Design Capital (WDC) 2014 designation - a biennial international appointment that is conferred to a city for the period of one year, in recognition of its achievements…
World Design Capital Leaders Meet in Helsinki
The main international organisations behind the World Design Capital project met in Helsinki for the first time on Friday, September 24, 2010, marking Helsinki's status as the next World Design Capital and the anticipation of Helsinki's Design Year 2012.
Eindhoven and Seoul Bolster Design Exchange
Seoul and Eindhoven agreed to promote exchanges and cooperation on design during the 26th World Design Congress in Singapore last month.
Helsinki Named World Design Capital 2012
Helsinki will be the World Design Capital of the year 2012.
World Design Capital 2012
The World Design Capital is a biennial designation given to a city based on its achievements and commitment to design as an effective tool for social, cultural and economic progress.
World Design Capital 2012 Shortlisted Cities Announced
Following deliberations on 17 July 2009, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) announced today on behalf of the members of the WDC Jury that the City of Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and the City of Helsinki (Finland) have been selected for the shortlist of cities that will…
World Design Capital 2012 Bid Launched
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) announced today the launch of the World Design Capital (WDC) 2012 bid process during the International Design Policy Conference held in Torino, Italy.
Nottingham Aspires to Be World Design Capital
Nottingham is applying to be the World Design Capital for 2012 - in a bid to be recognised for its use of design to further the social, economic and cultural development of the city.
Cars Will Drive Themselves by 2050, According to Design Conference
Turin, 2008's official World Design Capital, played host to the highly successful Interior Motives Europe conference at the Santa Stefano Hotel from the 17 - 19 June.
Seoul Named World Design Capital
Seoul was designated as the "World Design Capital (WDC) 2010" by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design on the last day of its congress in San Francisco, Saturday, according to the city government Sunday.
Torino is 2008 World Design Capital
The City of Torino has been announced as the first World Design Capital. As the first municipality to hold the title, the City of Torino accepts the designation as the 2008 Pilot Project for the World Design Capital competition - a biennial international competition created to identify and recognize…
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Cumulus Helsinki 2012 Conference
The Cumulus Helsinki 2012 conference will be held in Helsinki, May 24-26, 2012 by Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
Cut&Paste Adds Helsinki, World Design Capital, to 2011-12 Tour
Cut&Paste announced the addition of Helsinki - the 2012 World Design Capital - to its 2011-12 tour.
Inaugural World Design Impact Prize Finalists
Seven projects were named finalists of the World Design Impact Prize, following the online voting by Icsid's international members.
Icsid's World Design Impact Prize Winner to be Announced at the WDC Design Gala
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is preparing to announce the shortlist of projects for the inaugural World Design Impact Prize at the Icsid General Assembly in Taipei on October 27, 2011.
Material ConneXion Expands Global Reach with Second Location in Korea
Material ConneXion announced the expansion of its worldwide reach with the addition of Seoul.
Russell Kennedy Joins Faculty of Design at Swinburne
A global spokesman for the design profession, Russell Kennedy, has joined the Faculty of Design at Swinburne as an adjunct research fellow.
Finnish Design Yearbook 2010-11
In 2010, design has taken on a clearly defined role in shaping the future.
GM Opens Seoul Advanced Design Studio
With a renewed focus on designing, building and selling the world's best vehicles, General Motors today announced the opening of the Seoul Advanced Design Studio in the heart of the 2010 World Design Capital.
Hirameki Design x Finland
In autumn 2010, Design Forum Finland will stage a design export initiative at the Tokyo Designers Week - Hirameki Design × Finland - which will present the Japanese public with a fresh and multifaceted image of Finnish design.
Premsela Design Forum: Milan 2009
Each year during Milan Design Week, Premsela puts on a presentation or debate.
Peter Zec Turns Over Office as Icsid President to Successor
For two years, Prof. Dr. Peter Zec held the highest office in the industrial design world as president of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid).