Mexico City will be the 2018 World Design Capital

By Dania Vargas Austryjak

First Latin American city to hold the designation

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) just announced during its 29th General Assembly that Mexico City achieved the designation of World Design Capital 2018 (WDC); being the sixth city overall, and first in Latin America to receive such designation that recognizes the city’s commitment to use design for development.

On abiennial basis, the Icsid awards the city that has demonstrated to use design as a tool for economic, social, and cultural development; more than just a program, it is a movement that recognizes the impact of design in the quality of life.

This recognition gives Mexico City the chance to embrace old and new designs into one beautifully designed city, it is the perfect time to call in the creative community and join in the development of an innovative and livable city.

Mexico City at Night

Original Image: “Mexico City at Night” by Thania, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license, via Flickr.

Professor Mugendi M’Rithaa, Icsid President and Member of the WDC Selection Committee stated, “Mexico City will serve as a model for other megacities around the world grappling with the challenges of urbanisation and using design thinking to ensure a safer, more liveable city.” quoted on WDC’s official press release.

The bid to enter as candidate for World Design Capital was led by the non-profit organization, Design Week Mexico which presented plans to focus on the borough Miguel Hidalgo; the proposal addressed new health communications and security programs, urban gardens, parks, and playgrounds.

Our goal is to build a platform for collaboration not only between design disciplines, but also between countries. As WDC, we seek to create a hub of global creative industries that have an impact on their societies.” said Emilio Cabrera, Director General of Design Week Mexico.

Mexico City was selected over co-candidate Curitiba, Brazil for their wide-range plans and active support of the mayor and wide design community.

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