The World Design Capital (WDC) is an initiative established and managed by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid). This designation provides a distinctive opportunity for cities to feature their accomplishments in attracting and promoting innovative design, as well as highlight their successes in urban revitalisation strategies. Past cities to hold the title include Torino (Italy, 2008), Seoul (South Korea, 2010), Helsinki (Finland 2012), Cape Town (South Africa 2014) whilst the programme for Taipei, Taiwan will be underway for 2016.
The theme of WDC Taipei 2016 is Adaptive City – Design in Motion. Adaptive City means that Taipei has the ability to continue to pursue innovation for the well-being of our residents despite limited resources. Embracing the empowering spirit of social design and using social design as a driven force for urban development, the WDC 2016 calls for proposals for at least 6 collaborative projects with aims to enhance participation of design communities around the world and broaden the global reach of WDC Taipei 2016’s marketing and communications. By embedding social design and involving citizens in the design process, the proposed projects should be collaborations between local and international teams to resolve Taipei’s various urban issues with innovative and practical designs.
The WDC International Design Open Call is open to an international team with a partnering Taipei team or with previous project execution experience in Taipei.
Please see more detail in the attached introduction slides. The subsidy for each team is up to USD 150,000 to assist in production costs and prototyping.
The submission deadline will be on November 30, 2015.
For further information, please check the open call webpage.