02-07-13

Taipei's bid for 2016 World Design Capital















Taipei, the capital of the Republic of China (Taiwan), is bidding for the title of World Design Capital 2016, which will help establish the city's international design reputation.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said: "Taipei City is determined to win the honor," adding that the application proposal, which was submitted to the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) on April 30, consists of a seven-minute video clip and five written proposals. The proposals are bound using the rare "dragon-scale mounting" format, an important ancient Chinese book-binding method which sits in the middle ground between the hand-scroll and album binding techniques.

The mayor said the whole point of applying for the 2016 WDC is to promote Taiwan to the world, noting that even if Taipei fails to win the honor, the city will not stop seeking to become a modern and creative city.

The city government has spent over NT$390 million on applying for the honor, which was similar to Helsinki's budget when they were WDC winners in 2012.



The bid video above shows 11 important local artists, designer interviews and beautiful scenes from various corners of the city.

Taipei is battling it out for the honor with Copenhagen and Santiago, among others, with the winner to be announced during the 2013 International Design Alliance Congress in Istanbul (Turkey) on 17 November 2013.

World Design Capital
The World Design Capital is an initiative of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid). Held biennially, it seeks to highlight the accomplishments of cities that are truly leveraging design as a tool to improve the social, cultural and economic life of cities, throughout a yearlong programme of design-related events. Icsid has thus far selected four cities as World Design Capitals: Torino (2008), Seoul (2010), Helsinki (2012), and Cape Town (2014).