World Design Capital Taipei 2016

Photo: Te-Fan Wang

Photo: Te-Fan Wang

Taipei City was officially designated by Icsid as the World Design Capital 2016.

While there are many awards that recognise individual accomplishments in design, the World Design Capital (WDC) designation is unique as it aims to focus on the broader essence of design’s impact on urban spaces, economies and citizens. The 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.

The World Design Capital is an initiative of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid). Founded in 1957, Icsid is an international not-for-profit organisation committed to the advancement of industrial design.

WDC designation is awarded biennially. Taipei was chosen as the World Design Capital for 2016. The previous World Design Capitals have been Turin in Italy (2008), Seoul in South Korea (2010), Helsinki in Finland (2012) and Cape Town in South Africa (2014).

Adaptive City – Design in Motion

Hosting World Design Capital 2016 brings us another step closer to the goal of “Design Taipei”! Taipei City is committed to reinventing itself as a city with design vision. This not only a vision of embedding design in the planning process for urban development, but also an invitation to the whole world to come and witness Taipei’s progress. We call our city’s story “Adaptive City – Design in Motion” in the hope that Taipei, as a city with limited resources, can continue to demonstrate innovative vitality and create happiness and well-being in its citizen’s lives, as well as applying collective wisdom to realize the promise of a better, more beautiful and happier “livable city.”


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