« Icsid launches call for applications for the World Design Capital® 2014 designation
Montreal (Canada) 4 November 2010 – The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is currently inviting cities to submit applications for the World Design Capital® (WDC) 2014 designation – a biennial international appointment that is conferred to a city for the period of one year, in recognition of its achievements and focus on design as a driving force for economic, social and cultural development.
The vision of the World Design Capital initiative is to promote and encourage the use of design to further the social, economic and cultural development of the world’s cities. In this spirit, the WDC designation honours the city that has best used design to revitalise and reinvent its urban environment.
The title is bestowed to a city that has demonstrated exceptional progress using the multidisciplinary sectors of design. The city must demonstrate that government, industry, educational institutions, designers and in fact the very population of the city, are working individually, and in concert to realise the city’s strategic development and provide a platform to demonstrate the merits of design as a sustainable factor to the betterment of living conditions. The successful candidate city will have proven tangible and visible results that have enhanced the experience of the city and improved the quality of life of citizens.
For the appointed city, the WDC designation is a yearlong opportunity to strengthen economic development, stimulate new partnerships and build upon its global image as a centre of creativity and innovation.
Interested cities are encouraged to download the application form from the official World Design Capital website. The deadline for submission is 31 March 2011.
About the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid)
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is a non-profit organisation that protects and promotes the interests of the profession of industrial design. Founded in 1957, Icsid serves as a unified voice of over 50 nations through which members can express their views and be heard on an international platform. Since its inception, Icsid has continued to develop its wide-reaching network of students and professionals devoted to the recognition, success and growth of the industrial design community. Together, professional associations, promotional societies, educational institutions, government bodies and corporations create a comprehensive and diverse system on the forefront of industrial design education and progress. «
(Source: Nicolas Marier via Icsid)