This World Design Talks – Sustainable Cities addressed various forms of “flows”,
from mobility in the city, to interactions between people, nature and urban architecture.

World Design Talks Sustainable Cities – Ljubuljana

The conversation

In collaboration with WDO Educational Member Faculty of Design – Associated Member of University of Primorska, the House of Design Management and Innovation (HDMI) and the Municipality of Ljubljana, WDO held its seventh World Design Talks in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on 21 June 2019.

Under the banner of SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and in the context of rapid urbanization, the workshop aimed to address the issue of making our cities greener through the lens of design and looked at various approaches from smart cities to green architecture. The World Design Talk presented points of view from various stakeholders including decision-makers from the municipality of Ljubljana, researchers, members of professional design associations and students from international universities.

The event also launched the Flowing Spaces – City in Motion exhibition, which presented the results of a yearlong student workshop by the Group of International Design Education (GIDE) – a network of academic design institutions, industry, researchers and creative and cultural organizations that was formulated to explore the cultural, social and/or ethical dimensions of design.

  • Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design Dundee (Scotland/UK)
  • School of Design at Jiangnan University Wuxi (China)
  • Faculty of Design Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • UMa-University of Madeira Funchal, Madeira (Portugal)
  • Thomas More University College Mechelen (Belgium)
  • University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg (Germany)
  • Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • SUPSI-University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland Lugano (Switzerland)


This World Design Talk aimed to:

  • start a reflection and provide a base for future discussions to take place
  • resume an analysis on how design can contribute to a sustainable future
  • present the results of a workshop held in Ljubljana on how the UN SDGs can be a new framework for exploring the true potential of design
  • launch an exhibition entitled “Flowing Spaces – City in Motion” with projects from international institutions
  • generate and provide learning regarding sustainable design initiatives for and from Ljubljana


  • How to live within Planetary Boundaries
    Lučka Kajfež Bogataj, PhD
    Winner of Nobel Prize for Peace; Honourable doctor of University of Primorska, University of Ljubljana, Biotehnical Faculty
  • How to achieve sustainable mobility in Ljubljana
    Prof. Peter Lipar, PhD
    Head of department, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, Traffic technical institute 
  • Sustainability is green – environmental benefits of trees in urban environment
    hc. Nikolaj Torelli
    Faculty of design
  • City of Design – Design in the city
    Zmago Novak
    Centre for Creative Economy of Southeast Europe


  • Design, a business case – a discussion of how design can contribute to a sustainable future
    Steinar Mowatt Valade-Amland
    CEO, THREE POINT ZERO, Norwegian Danish Chamber of Commerce and Culture
  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals; A New Framework for Exploring he True Potential of Design
  • Flowing Spaces – City in Motion on River Ljubljanica
    Inge Kalan Lipar
    Design Management Department of Faculty of design, Coordinator of International GIDE Group ( Ljubljana)
  • Presentation of International GIDE projects
    Representatives from partner institutions: Dundee (Scotland), Wuxi, (China), Funchal (Portugal), Mechelen, (Belgium), Magdenburg, (Germany), Milano, (Italy) and Lugano, (Switzerland)