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GIDA 2020

January 15 - September 1
Xiongan, China
GIDA is an international design prize driven by globalization, specialization and market orientation. The prize is created to discover future design, inspire future life and empower future cities by exploring the Chinese concept of “harmony” and exchanging the global experience of good designs featuring intelligence and sustainable development.

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WDO Member: XIDI
Category: Award ceremony, Awards

2020 HUMAN CITY DESIGN AWARD

April 1 - September 22
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
The 2020 Human City design Award is a competition of Design for sustainable cities, towards a harmonious relationship between human beings and the environment.

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Category: Awards

DFA DESIGN FOR ASIA AWARDS

April 1 - July 17
Hong Kong, China
The DFA Design for Asia Awards is the flagship programme of the Hong Kong Design Centre, celebrating design excellence and acknowledging outstanding designs with Asian perspectives. Since its launch in 2003, the DFA Design for Asia Awards has been a stage upon which design talents and corporations can showcase their design projects internationally.

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WDO Member: Hong Kong Design Center
Category: Awards

ANDREU WORLD 20TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONTEST

April 23 - November 27
Valencia, Spain
The Andreu World International Design Contest has been held annually since 2001, which surely makes it one of the oldest in the world, and is unique in its specialty, the design of seats and tables. The figures accumulated in the editions that have been made until today are spectacular, with tens of thousands of participants from more than a hundred countries.  To compete, participants must present a sustainable seat and/or table design that meets all the specifications that Andreu World presents in the product briefing, solving its technical and formal problems in the terms indicated for its production in series. Website WDO Member: Andreu World
Category: Competition

2020 INTERNATIONAL BUSAN DESIGN AWARD

April 24 - November 27
Busan, Korea, Republic of
2020 International Busan Design Award(ibda) is an open place for the international design industry to share various design concepts and to revitalize the industry by linking platforms in order to realize and commercialize the ideas. The event is co-organized by the Busan Metropolitan City, the Busan Office of Education, the Busan Chamber of Commerce, and the Design Council Busan, and hosted by the Design Council Busan. We hope to see your ideas in Asia’s largest international design awards.

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WDO Member: Busan
Category: Awards

2020 TAIPEI INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD (TIDA)

April 27 - July 15
Taiwan
Over the years, Taipei City Government has been devoted to shaping Taipei into a city with design visions and has been continuously conveying to those with a passion for design and creativeness the urban branding of “Design Taipei; Dream Taipei.” Taipei City Government extends its invitation to designers from all over the world to join in and vie for the highest honor. The total prize money is up to NT 3.8 million, including NT 600K for the grand prize -Taipei City Mayor Award. There will also select Golden/Silver/Bronze prizes with prize money NT 500K/200K/150K for each category.

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Category: Awards

GOOD DESIGN (GD) SELECTION

May 1 - July 31
Good Design (GD) Selection, hosted by the Korean government Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and organized by KIDP (Korea Institute of Design Promotion), has been held annually since 1985 based on the Industrial Design Promotion Act. The products and services selected thorough this program are given GD Marks in acknowledgement of their design excellence. Good Design (GD) Selection is open to companies around the world, and the deadline for entries has been extended until 31 July. Website WDO Member: Korea Institute of Design Promotion
Category: Awards, Competition

GERMAN DESIGN AWARDS 2021

May 29, 2020 - February 19, 2021
Frankfurt, Germany
The German Design Awards directly contributes to the overall commercial success. Prizes will only be awarded to projects that truly represent pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape. The highly esteemed, international jury guarantees this. The German Design Awards identifies and presents unique design trends: a competition that advances the design-oriented scene.

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WDO Member: German Design Council
Category: Awards

iF DESIGN AWARD 2021

June 26, 2020 - May 10, 2021
Hannover, Germany
Designers, manufacturers, architects and interior designers who want their product or project evaluated by internationally recognized design experts have turned to the iF DESIGN AWARD for decades. They do so to prove their company puts design in the focus of its business, and to attract international attention. Winning an iF DESIGN AWARD will help you stand out from the competition, improve your branding and reach new target groups.

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WDO Member: iF
Category: Awards

GOOD DESIGN AWARDS 2020

July 9
Celebrating the best in design and architecture across 11 main design disciplines spanning 28 categories, Australia’s Good Design Awards is the nation’s highest design honour, recognising and rewarding design excellence since 1958. Now in its 62nd year, the Good Design Awards has a long and proud legacy of promoting the best in design to a global audience. Australia’s only international design awards open for 2020 entry.

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WDO Member: Good Design Australia
Category: Award ceremony, Awards

27th WORLD CONGRESS OF ARCHITECTS

July 19 - July 23
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
UIA2020Rio, the 27th World Congress of Architects, is taking place in Rio de Janeiro the 19-23 July of this year. Keynote speakers include Eduardo Souto de Moura, Solano Benitez, Elizabeth de Portzamparc, Tatiana Bilbao and Francis Kéré.

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Category: Congress

THE ELEVATE PRIZE AWARD

September 18
The Elevate Prize is seeking to find, support, and shine a spotlight on leaders, innovators, activists, and risk-takers who are impacting their community every day, creating a multiplier effect that will allow them to more easily scale their work, impact more lives, and inspire others to tackle issues in their own communities – igniting a chain reaction of goodness across the world. Submit by 29 June.

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Category: Awards

5TH ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL

September 26 - November 8
Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and curated by Mariana Pestana, the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial will take place on 26 September – 8 November 2020. To be held with the title Empathy Revisited: designs for more than one, the biennial invites everyone from around the world to respond to the open call.

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Category: Biennial

WORLD CIRCULAR ECONOMY FORUM 2020

September 29 - October 1
Toronto, Canada
Canada will host the World Circular Economy Forum—from September 29 to October 1, 2020—in Toronto, marking the first time the international forum will take place in North America. By gathering global circular-economy leaders in Canada, the Forum will open up important discussions on circular-economy opportunities in the natural resource and manufacturing sectors, on leveraging business innovation and clean technology, and on circular solutions contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Category: Forum

WORLD CAMPUS MASTERS COMPETITION

September 30
World Campus Masters Selective Graduation Design Program (short for "WCM Program”) is launched by an international design competition platform Young Bird Plan, and it is committed to recognizing the fresh blood of contemporary design through evaluating graduation designs from global young designers in different regions and cultures. It encourages original design and design thinking in campus to conduct a positive dialogue with global design industry and industrial development, bringing young designers and their graduation works to one of the world's most influential design platform and the cutting-edge design ecosystem.

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Category: Competition, Student competition

DESIGN KOREA FESTIVAL 2020

October 7 - October 11
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Design Korea Festival 2020 will be held under the theme “Design Beyond Data”. Multiple exhibitions displaying design trends around the world, especially on the convergence of data and design will take place, as well as lectures by renowned designers from diverse fields. Various networking platforms such as Design Korea Award, which exhibits innovative design achievements, and Design Korea Job Fair, which helps to connect design talents and companies will also be welcoming everyone from international design communities. Website WDO Member: Korea Institute of Design Promotion
Category: Conference, Exhibition, Festival, Trade show/Fair

RSD9 RELATING SYSTEMS THINKING AND DESIGN

October 13 - October 15
Ahmedabad, India
The Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium series started in Oslo in 2012 with RSD1. The symposium series has the intention to promote and foster the emerging practices and theory development for systemic design for complex contexts. RSD has been held in Europe and North America, in Oslo, Banff, Toronto, Torino and Chicago. This time RSD will be held at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India.

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WDO MEMBER: National Institute of Design (NID)
Category: Conference

EXPO DUBAI 2020

October 20, 2020 - April 10, 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Expo 2020 Dubai will host the world for 173 days, each one brimming with new experiences. It’ll be a time to create, collaborate and innovate. And it’s going to be fun. We’re talking eye-catching, mind-bending, taste bud-tickling, grin-inducing, good-weird, did-that-really-just-happen fun. Come along, or spend a lifetime telling less interesting stories.

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Category: Exhibition

UTOPIAN HOURS: THE CITY AT STAKE

October 23 - October 25
Torino, Italy
Utopian Hours is the city festival, an international event dedicated to "city making". Three days to deepen the most urgent themes of urban environments and learn about success experiences from different cities around the world - among visionary challenges, ambitious placemaking projects , social and technological innovation, and collective imagination.

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Category: Festival

HAY!YOUNGBIRDS! TALENT AWARD ASIA 2020

October 30
HAY! YoungBirds!is an international competition IP and a design stage created jointly by Danish contemporary design brand HAY, which endorses cross-cultural collaboration, and the Young Bird Plan, an international competition platform for global design talents. In 2020,this competition is committed to engaging more young, bold, and innovative designers who represent the contemporary Asia-Pacific market. The challenge is to design a single product or portfolio that belongs to Furniture, Lighting, or Accessories, and which mirrors the HAY brand values, including production, architecture, sustainability, and art.

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Category: Competition
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