Apply for WDC

A call for applications is launched every two years to all cities interested in becoming the next World Design Capital®.

The WDC 2026 bidding cycle is now open until 31 March 2023. 

The title of World Design Capital is designated to cities that can demonstrate their commitment to design as a powerful tool to strengthen economic, social, cultural, and environmental development, and that have most effectively and creatively used design as a tool for progress.

In their application, cities must demonstrate how their government, industry, educational institutions, designers, and population are working individually and in concert to revitalize and reinvent their urban environment.

Only one application is accepted per city and must clearly show support from local government. Previous applicants are welcome to reapply.

For more information about World Design Capital, please contact: Eric Lauwers, Programmes Manager at wdc@wdo.org.

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