Montreal (Canada) – On 16 October 2014, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) announced the launch of the World Design Capital® (WDC) application cycle for the 2018 designation, which will mark the sixth cycle for this global initiative. Icsid invites design effective cities from around the globe to submit bids that showcase the impact of design in their city and demonstrate examples of design as a development tool.
Helsinki (Finland) – World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 will be awarded in October with a Place Marketing Award 2014 in a competition for regional marketing practices. Helsinki’s Design Capital year has won the competition’s series New Strategies for Events and Congresses, and Territorial Marketing.
Taipei (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei) - The City of Taipei is pleased to announce members of World Design Capital® (WDC) 2016 International Advisory Committee. The WDC 2016 International Advisory Committee comprised of a highly respected group of seven internationally recognised experts in the field of design, include Shikuan Chen (Taipei), Alicia Grehan (Dublin), Arthur Huang (Taipei), Wei-Gong Liou (Taipei), Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana (Cape Town), Manfred Wang (Taipei) and Dilki de Silva, Icsid Secretary General (Montreal), who will directly contribute to the yearlong programme of events that will take place in Taipei (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei) from January to December 2016.
Taipei (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei) - The designation bestowed upon the City of Taipei as World Design Capital® (WDC) 2016 is now official following the signing of the Host City Agreement with the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) at the Taipei Guest House on 28 March 2014. Taipei City Government and the Department of Cultural Affairs are the official signatories, while various projects for the 2016 programme will be implemented by the Taiwan Design Center.
Helsinki (Finland) – Cities are for citizens. On this principle, Design Driven City has launched concrete activities to help cities utilize design in the development of public services. The project has hired three city designers to work hand in hand with city staff. The utilization of design by cities is detailed on the project’s web site www.designdrivencity.fi.