Mexico City: "World Design Capital" 2018By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera
Mexico City is officially designated as the "World Design Capital 2018 (WDC 2018)".
This turns Mexico City into the first city in Latin America to be elected as host of the event.
During a signing ceremony at the Museum of the City of Mexico, the mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Angel Mancera, together with Mugendi M'Rithaa, president of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), made the official designation a reality.
Mancera said, quoted in an article by Notimex that Mexico is a country that has a lot of talent in its rural and indigenous communities that always surprise everyone with designs that express a lot, especially in the innovation of Mexico City.
The event will include galas, international design exhibitions, conferences and one week of pure design, along with meetings where more than 90 nations will participate.
Mexico City is also working on the creation of a local program of activities and an agenda of initiatives for local citizens, so they start designing responsible ways of serving the city and its people.
The program will focus on five lines: design that promotes change, which improves the quality of life, which solves problems, which is appropriate to its time and is sustainable.
M'Rithaa also said that World Design Capital is a designation that is held every two years, which recognizes cities that use innovative design and implement it within urban revitalization strategies that are carried out in collaboration with the creative community to improve the life of citizens, economically, socially and culturally.
Nowadays Mexico City is the city that stands out within the participating cities, because of its creativity and commitment to promoting the design as an important engine of social change.
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