Lille Metropole, World Design Capital 2020
The World Design Capital® (WDC) is designated every two years by the World Design Organization to recognize a city’s innovative use of design to strengthen economic, social, cultural and environmental development.
The World Design Capital provides a platform to showcase best practices in design-led urban policy and innovation in different domains as public transports, sustainable infrastructure, demographic evolution, mobility, renewable energies, inclusive and transparent governance, and many more.
First launched in Torino (Italy) in 2008, WDC has also been awarded to Seoul (South Korea) in 2010, Helsinki (Finland) in 2012, Cape Town (South Africa) in 2014 and Taipei in WDC 2016. Mexico City is WDC 2018. In 2020, Lille Metropole will be the first french city to become World Design Capital®.
The specificity of our candidature is to propose a design-driven process of change for the territory. Our project has a name : La République du Design.
Stakeholders of Lille Métropole – entrepreneurs, local authorities, cultural and educational stakeholders, and citizens – will be gathered within this collaborative and large-scale ecosystem. Lille Metropole will become an experimenting area where everyone will be supported by designers to realize their projects called POC (Proof of Concept). Engagement of all stakeholders will increase the economic, ecological et social transformation of Lille Métropole.
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