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A year in numbers



The year of events revolving around Torino 2008 World Design Capital was divided into four phases, each aimed at four specific target groups.

Each of these groups represented a cardinal point in the life cycle of contemporary design. Each phase studied, developed and promoted the relationship between design and the urban fabric. This cross section involved various actors who interrelated within the city including citizens
, businesses
, academics and educators
, and institutions. Thus, the themes of the four phases of the year were as follows: Public Design, Economy and Design, Education and Design and Design Policies.

340 initiatives were held during the WDC Torino 2008 year:

  • Exhibition: 137
  • Event: 50
  • Conference: 41
  • Presentation: 33
  • Workshop: 24
  • Contest: 20
  • Lecture: 22
  • Congress: 10
  • Fair: 3

Initiatives’ promoters:

  • Private bodies: 30%*
  • Associations: 24%
  • Public institutions: 21%
  • Cultural institutions: 14%
  • Schools: 7%
  • Combining activity of different bodies: 4%

*composed by 51% companies and 49% professionals

The distribution of initiatives in the Piedmont area:

  • in Torino: 78%
  • in Torino province: 11%
  • in the rest of the Region: 11%