Could Sydney be the “world design capital” in 2020?
Sydney has been named by the World Design Organization (WDO) as one of two global cities in the running to be the “world design capital” in 2020.
If the city’s bid is successful, the western Sydney suburb of Parramatta will play host to a year of design-related events.
Sydney is up against Lille, a city of 2.1 million people in northern France, and will be the first Australian city to receive the designation if successful.
Sydney, in collaboration with Parramatta and other surrounding suburbs, will use the WDC program as an open platform to “engage, collaborate and design a new model of social impact for an increasingly urbanized world.”
The World Design Capital title is awarded every two years by the Montreal-based WDO to a city that advances design-led innovation to progress its economic, social, cultural and environmental development.
The selected city then stages a year-long program of design-led events. Sydney’s proposed program, titled “Inclusive, Resilient”, seeks to “embrace the land and connect to the climate, engaging citizens, policy makers, and design professionals.”
“The World Design Capital designation shines a light on Sydney as a major global city seeking to use design as a strategic tool for a better city that is more inclusive, and more resilient,” said NSW Architects Registration Board registrar and television host Tim Horton.
[From an Article by Josh Harris on architectureau.com]
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IMAGE from Architectureau.com: The interactive digital carpet in the Parramatta Square public domain by James Mather Delaney Design, Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Gehl Architects. Image Supplied to Architecture.com