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.
The WDC program supports WDO's vision to design a better world and its commitment to showcase design-led innovation that contributes to the achievement of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely SDG 11, which focuses on sustainable cities.
"Cities everywhere are dealing with the challenges of rapid urbanization," commented WDO President Luisa Bocchietto. "Our WDC programme raises awareness of the power of design to make cities great places for people to work, live and play, addressing issues such as sustainable public transport and green spaces, affordable housing, water management, healthcare, education and transparent governance."
Previous designated cities have leveraged the WDC platform to gain visibility as a leading centre of design and innovation; to attract investment, tourism and creative industries; to strengthen and diversify economic development; and to increase public awareness of the ways in which they have used design to improve residents' lives.
The deadline for applications is March 31, 2019. The designated city will be announced at WDO's World Design Assembly in Hyderabad (India) in October 2019.
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