In the news
The World Design Capital project has received considerable media coverage since its inaugural year in 2008 with Torino. Below is a list of articles from several notable sources.
Taipei seeks 2016 world design capital designation
Published: 29 July 2011, TaiwanToday.tw
Taipei will bid for the title of 2016 world design capital in an effort to make the city more attractive and efficient, as well as improving Taiwan’s standing within the global design network.
World Design Capital 2014 Judges Visit Montebello
Published: 29 July 2011, CapeTownGreenMap.co.za
Montebello Design Centre hosted the WDC Judges who visited Cape Town this week as part of their technical visits to the three shortlisted cities. Judges Dilki de Silva and Martin Darbyshire arrived in a Joule accompanied by the CEO of Optimal Energy who was able to brief them about this elegant electric car.
Judges visit Dublin to assess city’s World Design Capital 2014 bid
Published: 25 July 2011, IrishTimes.com
Judges of Dublin’s ambitious bid to be designated World Design Capital 2014 completed an intensive two-day assessment visit to the city at the weekend. The delegation from the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design has already visited Bilbao in Spain and is now in Capetown, the other two cities shortlisted from 56 worldwide for the coveted title.
Bilbao impresses judges from World Design Capital Committee
Published: 21 July 2011, Euskal Irrati Telebista
A delegation from the World Design Capital (WDC) Organising Committee has been visiting Bilbao over the last few days in order to experience first hand the process of urban regeneration which the city has undergone, and the important role played by design in improving competitivity and the quality of life in Bilbao, Biscay and the Basque Country as a whole.
A Finnish obsession with art and style
Published: 30 July 2010, Financial Times
At Helsinki’s library, they lend more than books. A large room in the basement of the building is filled with abstract and landscape paintings, wooden carvings and intricate golden-wire sculptures. For just a few euros per week, residents can use their library cards to take out valuable art and design pieces, and display them in their home until their mood changes and they fancy a change of scene.
2010 Travel Diary #14: Seoul as World Design city
Published: 14 June 2010, London Korean Links
More interviews today. First, the Seoul Design Foundation. We enter an anonymous office block, and ascend to the ninth floor. Exiting the lifts, the signature colour on the wall is the fashionable lime green which seems to be used in all this year’s kitchen design catalogues. It’s a busy office, with lots of energy. We have come to meet Ken Nah, Director General of World Design Capital Seoul 2010. It’s a job he manages to combine with his teaching responsibilities at Hongik University, where he lectures in design management.
All eyes on Seoul World Design Capital 2010
Seoul has been designated as the World Design Capital (WDC) 2010, a prestigious title bestowed on one city biennially by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID). The title celebrates the accomplishments of an innovative city that is leveraging design as a tool to enhance its social, cultural and economic development. Now, Seoul is further realizing its vision to become a cultural center of Asia through design and innovation, with a plethora of WDC projects in the pipeline.
Seoul becomes design-conscious city
Published: 15 February 2010, The Korea Times
Banners promoting World Design Capital (WDC) Seoul 2010 are all over the city and video clips are playing at subway stations – however, Seoulites are still not clear of what WDC Seoul 2010 is. WDC is a designation given to a city that wants to improve itself through design by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID),” Nah Keoun, the director general of WDC Seoul 2010, said in an interview with The Korea Times.
The best design policies are local – A review of Shaping the Global Design Agenda Conference
Published: 25 November 2008, Core77
The World Economic Forum gathered about 700 global thought leaders in Dubai for a summit on some of the key issues on the global agenda. An international conference in Turin, Italy, last week had a much narrower focus, and tried to outline what constitutes good design policy. The event, which was organised by Torino 2008 World Design Capital in collaboration with Michael Thomson, director of Design Connect (London), comes at a time when a major discussion is emerging internationally on design policy and innovation.
Video report about Torino’s nomination as the first World Design Capital