World Design Capital® Lille Métropole 2020 officially concluded its programme as of 12 May 2021. In order to accommodate the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and given that international travel to the region was limited, Lille’s programme was extended past the end of the 2020 year and incorporated many virtual activations and events.  

As part of an ongoing archiving process to recognize and reflect on the achievements of World Design Capital Lille Métropole 2020, WDO is pleased to release WDC 2020’s Final Report and Impact Study. Together, these documents summarize the full scope and impact of Lille’s elaborate programme. 

Under the banner of Design is Capital, the 95 communes that make up the metropolis leveraged their rich history and design talent to explore and implement a variety of human-centered projects around mobility, public action, circular economy, housing and collaborative living. Mobilizing its community of designers, citizens, entrepreneurs, researchers and artists, WDC 2020 successfully showcased the many ways that design can positively transform cities. 

“While World Design Capital 2020 has officially come to an end, Lille’s design story will continue to evolve. We are confident that the region will continue to build on the WDC 2020 design legacy in the years to come,” stated WDO President Srini Srinivasan. “We look forward to witnessing the ways that this process will inspire other cities around the world to use design to create more collaborative, responsible, and sustainable communities.” 

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About World Design Capital
Designated every two years by the World Design Organization, World Design Capital® (WDC) 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 have reinvented their city and improved quality of life. Previous WDC designations include Torino (2008), Seoul (2010), Helsinki (2012), Cape Town (2014), Taipei (2016), Mexico City (2018), Lille Metropole (2020) and Valencia in 2022.

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