The inaugural Golden Pin Award for Social Design was also presented during the Gala to 5% Design Action, a social innovation platform by Taiwan’s dreamvok that encourages designers to pitch in 5% of their time to address social, economic and environmental challenges.
“Designing a better world is only possible when we leverage our strength and work together as a community to address common challenges that impact us all,” said Icsid President Dr. Mugendi M’Rithaa. “Throughout this World Design Capital year in Taipei, we have the opportunity to collaborate and to share best practices in design-led innovation to improve peoples’ lives. Through the theme, Adaptive City – Design in Motion, Taipei City is looking to build a more liveable city and we are excited to be a part of this journey with you.”
Dr. M’Rithaa also announced the launch of the first Rado Star Prize Taiwan, continuing Rado’s long tradition of encouraging innovation and young talent. Rado is a World Design Partner® and is working in conjunction with WDC Taipei 2016 to activate local programmes that help promote the role of design in effecting positive change.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Augie Van Biljouw
t: + 1 514 448 4949 ext. 228
About the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid)
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is an international non-governmental organization (INGO) founded in 1957 that promotes the profession of industrial design. Icsid recently approved a name change, World Design Organization, to be implemented in 2016 and celebrated during its 60th anniversary in 2017. Icsid advocates industrial design driven innovation that creates a better world, engaging our more than 140 member organizations in collaborative efforts and carrying out international programming—World Design Capital®, World Design Impact Prize, World Industrial Design Day, and Interdesign. Icsid has United Nations Special Consultative Status.
About World Design Capital® (WDC)
With more than half the world’s population now living in cities, design has become an increasingly fundamental tool for making cities more competitive, attractive, liveable and efficient. The World Design Capital® (WDC) is designated by Icsid every two years to recognize a city’s innovative use of design for economic, social, and cultural development and to showcase effective design-led revitalization strategies and projects that other cities can benefit from. Torino (Italy) was the first WDC in 2008, followed by Seoul (South Korea) in 2010, Helsinki (Finland) in 2012, Cape Town (South Africa) in 2014, and now Taipei (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei) in 2016. Mexico City (Mexico) has been named WDC 2018.
About the World Design Impact Prize
The World Design Impact Prize is an international prize awarded every two years by the Icsid to an industrial design driven project that aims to benefit society. A multi-disciplinary panel of experts selects a shortlist for the Prize, which is then voted on by the more than 140 Icsid member organizations. The first project to be awarded the Prize was the Community Cooker in 2012, followed by the ABC Syringe in 2014.