Becoming a WDC (World Design Capital)

Becoming a WDC (World Design Capital)
Courtesy of icsid/IDA

Entering their fifth cycle of the WDC (World Design Capital) initiative, Icsid (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) is currently calling for submissions of applications for the biennial designation, where a combination of many factors contributes to the final selection. Although applicants are encouraged to prepare a creative proposal for review, it is essential, that applications clearly define the aims and objectives of the city to hold the designation, as well as provide a detailed account of the city’s contribution to design from a social, economical and cultural point of view. More information after the break.

The World Design Capital designated city is a hub for design and creativity. It is an innovative city that drives urban development through design, while using design as an economic development tool. It is a leading city, one that aims to participate among the international network of design effective cities and strives to share best practices and strategies.

The application should be carefully completed in English; particular attention should be given to the requirements for government support, prior to submitting the final application.

An applicant city must specify how, during the WDC calendar year, it intends to:

-  Express the specific relevance of design for the quality of life in the city; -  Ensure the mobilization and participation of large sections of the population; -  Promote the dialogue between the design community and other groups of the society: business, academics, youth, etc.

For more information, and to download their application package, please visit here.

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Cite: Alison Furuto. "Becoming a WDC (World Design Capital)" 22 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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