Programming

WDC Lille Metropole 2020

Lille Metropole – with its rich history, cultural diversity and push for creative invention – is uniquely positioned for design experimentation. In collaboration with private stakeholders, designers, artists, researchers and citizens, WDC 2020 has built a programme exploring the innovative practices, objects and policies that define Lille’s pioneering approach to design in the life of a city.

POCs

The Organizing Committee of WDC 2020 launched a national call for POCs (Proofs of Concept), ultimately identifying more than 600 design-led projects that addressed local and global challenges. Focusing on various areas, including urban planning, housing, education, culture and ecological and social development, stakeholders established the ideas and projects that would define each POC. To support them in the ideation and definition phase, the Organizing Committee selected designers to lead each POC, and in collaboration with regional municipalities, these design teams have developed activities and content for each Maison POC.

WDC2020 Programme

POC experimentation through design

For over a year now, public and private actors, researchers, developers and associations in the Lille Metropole Area have been involved in the POC programme.

A POC marks the moment when we test the prototype of a solution found through a design process and use the lessons learned to improve the performance and efficiency of a given product or service.

From September 2020, five Maison POCs (POC Centres) will showcase projects created in the Lille Metropole Area and beyond.

Mobility is not just about making people mobile : it has the power to change cities — and lives too.

Design is a discipline that can be applied to every type of transport and service to meet present and future environmental and humanitarian challenges. Energy transition, climate change, air quality, new ways of living and consuming, forms of solidarity… Through design, we can give citizens the freedom to get around while ensuring the particular needs of vulnerable people are met and reducing the impact of different modes of transport on the environment.

Designers, planners, manufacturers and researchers are redefining transport practices and will be presenting their vision by way of completed or experimental projects alongside exhibitions, round tables, workshops, expert talks and main focus events.

The​ “Housing” Maison POC will present the region’s strong innovation credentials in the area of housing.

The ​“Housing” Maison POC is the result of a cross-fertilisation between two architecture agencies, BLAU and Studio Rijsel, and aims to create a complex landscape for the projects in the area.

We will present the diversity of the initiatives through an exhibition that is more atlas-like, collection-like than a minimalist selection.

Public space, housing, construction, teaching, furniture, design process : so many ways of approaching the question of living left to the visitor, so many experiences and visitors welcomed.

This great diversity we propose to place it under the theme of domesticity in the continuity of Gaston Bachelard’s thought : ​“any truly inhabited space carries the essence of the notion of home”. Models, immersive photographs and projections will enable us to apprehend what is both a value shared by all and a deeply personal experience.

The ​“Care” Maison POC advocates the idea that caring for others is the best way to get the most from the world. Care given to others, both to the younger generations as well as our elders, is an act that is bigger than just the healthcare system.

Caring extends to our natural environment and users of the city and is a way to update economic models and embody the values of our society.

The ​“Circular Economy” Maison POC is about sober consumption models of exhaustible resources where the waste of one is reintroduced into the production cycle of the other…

Recipient of three founding values — zero waste, frugality and reuse — this Maison POC wishes above all to be an example of how to make an event space sustainable, accessible and eco-responsible. Located in the former school of the Couvent des Clarisses in Roubaix, the Maison is taking part in the circular rehabilitation and transitional occupation project Saisons Zéro (Zero Seasons) run by the Zerm collective and the City Council of Roubaix.

The Maison POC is not intended as a showcase for solutions, but as a catalyst for positive practices that raise and promote the right questions more than the right answers, the whys and wherefores more than the expected results.

Around sixty projects from POC holders in Lille and elsewhere — presented as experiments in systems, with a particular focus on citizen participation and co-design — are in dialogue with the practices of international designers. A living laboratory, evolving and open to all, it will be built over time thanks to the active participation of project leaders and the public.

The ​“Collaborative City” Maison POC explores, through ​“design shows”, a hundred local and international projects in order to discover emerging visions of sharing, mutual aid and cooperation…

How can design facilitate collaboration within the city to trigger supportive, sustainable and democratic lifestyles ?

Modern lifestyles are focused solely on the individual, solutions are increasingly personalised, algorithms are becoming more and more targeted, mentalities tend to be individualistic, and today, socialisation is done remotely…

How can we improve the public service experience for users ? What might tomorrow’s public policies look like ?

Organised around around thirty field experiments, called POC (Proof Of Concept), which have taken or are taking place in the metropolitan area, the ​Public action” Maison POC is one of the six POC houses that are contributing to make Lille Metropole come alive.

For several months and for everyone it will be the observatory for the « Public Action » theme, which refers to the action of the administration to ensure its missions and services to the various users.

Before being a place, the Maison POC AP is a moment to observe Public Action in full mutation through design.This moment, punctuated by a programme, is a set of high points, events and meetings, whose vocation is to reveal the dynamics of transformation through design that animates the action of the metropolis and the municipalities that make it up and to make it a subject of dialogue. A transformation that is embodied in the territory by various projects and initiatives in which the use of design as an organised approach contributes to the development of solutions with high social economic environmental and human added value.

The POCs are at the heart of the design is capital project.

More than 600 project intentions have been identified, led by local authorities, companies, universities, cultural spaces and associations, accompanied by designers, with the aim of collectively finding concrete solutions to meet the challenges of our world.