At World Design Capital Taipei 2016, international design house curators to lay out blueprint for integration of design thinking with urban development on the theme of Sisheng: Quality of Life and Health, Ecological Sustainability, Smart Living, and Urban Regeneration
The International Design House Exhibition, one of four Signature Events taking place in October as part of the World Design Capital® (WDC) Taipei 2016, will present an inspirational exploration of how global cities can use design to face the continuing challenges of urbanization. The exhibition will showcase pioneering programs and projects from WDC Taipei 2016, while exploring the theme of Sisheng: Quality of Life and Health, Ecological Sustainability, Smart Living, and Urban Regeneration, and demonstrating the versatility and strength of Taiwanese design.
“We hope that the International Design House Exhibition will inspire Taipei citizens and visitors to come together and share their ideas as we open a new era where design thinking and public participation drive future development,” said Pei-ni Beatrice Hsieh, Commissioner of the Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs. “The World Design Capital’s most important legacy is Taipei’s transformation into a forward-thinking city with a design vision where every voice counts.”
The six pavilions of the International Design House Exhibition are located in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. In the International City Pavilion One and Two, 13 participating international cities, countries and organizations from Austria, Beijing, Cape Town, Germany, Helsinki, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Osaka, Paris, the Philippines, Switzerland and Yokohama, will showcase their design strengths and share projects that illustrate the power of design to solve urban problems.
As part of the pavilion, an interactive exhibition from Eindhoven, the Netherlands, will invite visitors to design the ideal city, “Taipeindhoven”, using virtual reality software. Designers from Cape Town will showcase the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town, also known as “D-School.” One of only three design thinking schools in the world, the institute trains university students, industry leaders, and public and private professionals, and is one of the key legacy projects of WDC Cape Town 2014.