World Design Capital® (WDC), designated every two years by the World Design Organization® (WDO), recognizes cities for their effective use of design to drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental development. Through a year-long programme of events, the designated city showcases best practices in sustainable design-led urban policy and innovation that improve quality of life. 

Previous WDCs include Torino (Italy) in 2008, Seoul (South Korea) in 2010, Helsinki (Finland) in 2012, Cape Town (South Africa) in 2014, Taipei (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei) in 2016 and Mexico City (Mexico) in 2018, Lille Metropole (France) in 2020. Valencia (Spain) holds the title for 2022 and San Diego-TIjuana (USA/Mexico) has been awarded the designation for 2024.

Is your city or design community thinking about WDC? Download our guide on becoming a WDC to learn where and how to begin! 

About WDC

Learn about the impact and legacy.

Become A WDC

Download our guide to becoming a WDC

WDC Cycle

 Learn about the 7 key milestones.

Selection Committee

Find out more about our experts that make the WDC selection.


Learn how to become a partner of WDC

WDC Valencia 2022

Valencia promises a vibrant WDC 2022 cycle

WDC 2024

WDO announces two shortlisted bids for 2024 cycle

Past WDC Cities

Read up on our past WDC cities since 2008.