Applying for WDC

A call for applications is launched every two years and is open to all cities interested in becoming the next World Design Capital®. The call for submission for World Design Capital 2020 is now open until 31 March 2017.

The title of World Design Capital is open to any city in the world that can demonstrate its commitment to design as a powerful tool to strengthen economic, social, cultural, and environmental development. It is given to those cities that have most effectively and creatively used design as a tool for progress.

Cities must clearly demonstrate how their government, industry, educational institutions, designers, and population are working individually and in concert to revitalize and reinvent their urban environment.

Only one application is accepted per city and must clearly demonstrate support from local government. Previous applicants are welcome to reapply.

All completed applications must be sent electronically (in PDF format) to jessica@wdo.orgon or before 31 March 2017. Applications received following that time will not be considered by the WDC Selection Committee. Additionally, applicant cities will have seven business days to submit ten hard copies of the application (bidbook), accompanied by the required fee, to the Icsid Secretariat in Montreal, Canada:

World Design Capital
c /o World Design Organization
455 Saint-Antoine St West, Suite SS10
Montreal, Quebec, H2Z 1J1, Canada

For more information about World Design Capital, please contact Jessica Hanson, WDC Programme Manager at jessica@wdo.org.

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