During its 28th General Assembly, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) announced yesterday the appointment of the World Design Capital (WDC) 2016 designation to the city of Taipei (Chinese Taiwan).

Taipei is the fifth city to receive the design capital accolade following Torino, Seoul, Helsinki and Cape Town (2014).

The event was attended by Deputy Mayor of Taipei, Mr Hsiungwen Chen, who accepted the designation on behalf of the Taipei City Government.

“In the process of bidding for the WDC, we have discovered that embedding design into our city’s governance is gradually changing the face and the thinking of Taipei, and enhancing the quality of our service to our citizens,” said Chen.

Under the theme ʻAdaptive City – Design in Motion’, and working closely with Icsid, Taipei plans to show the world why cities must adapt to meet the demands of people.

“Taipei is a city driven by design. In what was a very provocative bid, we learnt of Taipei’s plan to focus its program on issues of sustainability and the responsibility of preserving the environment for future generations. The balance between innovation and a respect for nature is what will allow Taipei to be recognised as a true design leader through its designation as World Design Capital,” explained Icsid President Professor Soon-in Lee.

“Our next step will be to fulfil the vision of the WDC, and Taipei's program will act as a catalyst for our existing industrial ecology, leading to the creation of more investment opportunities and job openings,” concluded Chen. “This in turn will allow us to develop more human resources and establish more market opportunities for our design industry.”

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