The Danish non-profit organization INDEX: announced a pioneering partnership model with three of the world's leading design capitals. This innovative alliance will raise awareness of design as a significant way to create promising solutions to the world's - and the partner cities' - most pressing challenges.
INDEX:'s mission is to promote and to apply design and design processes that have the capacity to improve people's lives worldwide. By entering the INDEX: Partner City Network, Helsinki, Singapore and Copenhagen become a vital part of this mission.
Furthermore, the partner cities are now part of the movement that challenges the traditional concepts and stereotypes of design; highlighting the complexity of the design field, and demonstrating very different solutions to problems such as education, urban transportation and climate change.
This creative union of cities aims to work closely together to promote, celebrate and apply Design to Improve Life - thus raising awareness of design as a significant way to create promising solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.
"The combination of modern solutions with quality of life is essential. In Copenhagen, we are looking forward to getting high quality inspiration and sharing experiences with other cities through the INDEX: Partnership," said the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Mr. Frank Jensen.
"We are thrilled by the co-operation between Helsinki, Singapore, Copenhagen and INDEX: as we very much admires the design development in these cities," commented Kigge Hvid, INDEX: CEO. "The collaboration will be of mutual benefit, and help secure the Design to Improve Life philosophy an even greater impact in the future of these great cities."
"A notable reflection of how design can improve life is illustrated by Singapore's experience in designing public housing," said Robert Tomlin, the Chairman of DesignSingapore Council Board. "It goes beyond building blocks of flats, and is about designing an integrated system that builds connectivity, fosters community spirit, and provides amenities and financial support. We look forward to exchange knowledge and insights on these aspects with Helsinki and Copenhagen."