World Design Capital

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The World Design Capital (WDC) is a city promotion project by the World Design Organization (formerly named the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design )to recognize and award accomplishments made by cities around the world in the field of design.

The World Design Capital (WDC) programme, designated every two years by the World Design Organization (WDO), recognizes cities for their effective use of design to drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental development. Through a year-long programme of events, the designated city showcases best practices in sustainable design-led urban policy and innovation that improve quality of life. [1]

World Design Capitals by year[edit]

Year Location Source
2008 Italy Torino, Italy [2]
2010 South Korea Seoul, South Korea [3]
2012 Finland Helsinki, Finland [4]
2014 South Africa Cape Town, South Africa [5]
2016 Taiwan Taipei, Taiwan [6]
2018 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
2020 France Métropole européenne de Lille, France [7]
2022 Spain Valencia, Spain
2024 United States San Diego, United States*
Mexico Tijuana, Mexico*
*transborder collaboration


  1. ^ "World Design Capital". WDO. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
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  3. ^ Ihlwan, Moon (27 February 2008). "The Seoul of World Design". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  4. ^ "City of Helsinki appointed World Design Capital 2012". ICSID. 25 November 2009. Archived from the original on 28 November 2009.
  5. ^ "City of Cape Town appointed as World Design Capital 2014". ICSID. 26 October 2011. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  6. ^ "City of Taipei announced as World Design Capital 2016". ICSID. 18 November 2013. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Lille Métropole sera "capitale mondiale du design" en 2020".
  8. ^ "WDC San Diego-Tijuana 2024".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)