You are designers of future Taipei
We have a chance to re-create Taipei from the bottom up
We may re-think future Taipei from the top down
Taipei, the first World Design Capital® in the Chinese-speaking world
Hosting the first international design policy conference in Asia
With 20 top international design-related leaders, professionals and scholars
To shape the world with design
Taipei, the starting point to change Taiwan
Design, the first step to change Taipei
Together, we will transform our future by design!
What is World Design Capital (WDC)?
With more than half the world’s population now living in cities, design has become an increasingly fundamental tool for making cities more competitive, attractive, livable and efficient. The World Design Capital® (WDC) is designated by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) every two years to recognize a city’s innovative use of design for economic, social and cultural development and to showcase effective design-led revitalization strategies and projects that other cities can benefit from. Past cities to hold the WDC title include Torino (Italy) in 2008, Seoul (South Korea) in 2010, Helsinki (Finland) in 2012, and Cape Town (South Africa) in 2014. Mexico City has been named WDC 2018.
WDC Taipei 2016
“Adaptive City – Design in Motion” is Taipei City’s core concept in its application to host the World Design Capital 2016. How can we apply innovative “design thinking” to overcome the constraints that limited resources place on our city’s development, to pursue continual renewal and change in our urban governance, to create happiness in the lives of our citizens, to bring citizens a better quality of life in a livable city, and to create a forward-looking city with design vision? These are the goals and directions that Taipei City is constantly thinking about and seeking progress toward.
Perfection comes from changing the existing imperfections. 2016 shall be the beginning of a new stage of evolution for Taipei, where we shall see the potential in change. By looking to the present and future, we are putting together all the problems of the city, and directing our efforts toward “Communities”, “Connecting Information” and “Revitalizing a City.” We are integrating design into life, thereby allowing everyone to become a designer of city life. 2016 is the year that we will let the world know that Taipei is designing!
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Session 1: Design for Public Policy
Let’s start from overall urban design strategies and ways to put design at the core of policy-making to enhance city governance. Each construction project, road, and event are the pulsing veins of the entire city. In this session, panelists will discuss approaches that break away from function-oriented policy-making and start to embed design into city governance.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Session 3：Design for Future Living
We will identify groundbreaking trends and ways to combine the power of technology and design to weave a better future. Digital technology has not only revolutionized industries but has also become ubiquitous in our lives. Building on Taiwan’s strengths in technology, we can map out a whole new world and make life more exciting.
Session 2: Design for Social Impact
We will explore ways to use design to solve the core of problems and spread the social influence of design to make our society a better place. This session will discuss ways to adopt subtle design tweaks to transform Taipei and achieve fairer distribution of resources, better environmental protection, and harmonious ethnic relations.
Session 4：Design for Sustainable Cities
We will examine the daily lives of citizens and create a vision of urban regeneration and revitalization to achieve sustainable development. We are all mere guests in the city, but beyond our daily lives, we can actually do more for the city. Be a responsible citizen, and pass down a better world to generations to come.
Session 1：Design for Public Policy
Chief Design Officer, Helsinki
Executive Deputy Mayor, City of Cape Town
Miguel Torruco Marqués
Secretary of Tourism, Mexico City
Pei-ni Beatrice Hsieh
Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government
Moderator : Yin-Chuen Wu
Director, CommonWealth Magazine
Session 2：Design for Social Impact
Co-Lead and Executive Director, IDEO.org
Director, the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and the RCA Reader in Inclusive Design
Professor, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University
Managing Director, Continuum Greater China
Vice President, Experience Design, Compal Electronics, Inc.
Moderator : Brandon Gien
CEO, Good Design Australia
Session 3：Design for Future Living
Commissioner, Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government
Director, Public Policy, Asia Pacific, Airbnb
Project Lead, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany
Digital Minister without portfolio, Executive Yuan
Moderator : Yi-Shan Chen
Deputy Editor, CommonWealth Magazine
Session 4：Design for Sustainable Cities
Shu Chang Kung
Director, Graduate Institute of Architecture, National Chiao Tung University
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Jussi Pajunen Mayor, Helsinki
Jussi Pajunen is the Mayor of Helsinki since June 2005, and serves currently his second term. Prior to this appointment, Mr Pajunen held several municipal positions of trust, serving as a member of the City Council from 1997 to 2005 (National Coalition Party), and becoming a member of the City Board in 1999. In 2003, he assumed the position of Chairman of the City Board, holding it until his appointment as Mayor.
With about 38,000 employees, the City of Helsinki is the largest employer in Finland. Following the Nordic welfare model, Finnish local authorities have an exceptionally wide range of responsibilities. The prime responsibility of the Mayor is the management of the city’s budget. In 2015, the operating expenses were 4.7 billion euro and the investment costs without municipal enterprises 0.5 billion.
Under Mayor Pajunen’s leadership, Helsinki is currently undergoing a historical transformation of its urban structure with heavy emphasis on sustainability. Building on the legacy from its designation as World Design Capital, Helsinki is aiming to become a global leader in openness, citizen participation and smart city development.
Before his appointment as Mayor, Jussi Pajunen worked as Chairman of the Board of the family-owned company Edvard Pajunen Oy Ltd. He has a master’s degree from the Helsinki School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD, France. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Aalto University.
Jussi Pajunen was born in 1954 in Helsinki and is married with five grown-up children.
Miguel Torruco Marqués Secretary of Tourism, Mexico City
Miguel Torruco Marqués studied Hotel Management at the Mexican School of Tourism and did several studies on tourism in Cornell, Ithaca, New York; specializing in Tourism Commercialization at CICATUR, by the Organization of American States (OAS).
Professor and Deputy Director of the Mexican School of Tourism, Miguel Torruco founded his own educational institution the Pan-American School of Hospitality (Escuela Panamericana de Hotelería), educating over 17 thousand tourism professionals in 38 years.
In 1991 he founded the Pan-American Confederation of Hospitality, Gastronomy and Tourism Schools (CONPEHT).
President of the Mexican Hotel Association between 2000-2004, Founder and President of the Latin American Association of Hotels and Restaurants (FLAHR) and Vice-President for Latin America of International Association of Hotels and Restaurants (IHRA). President of the National Tourism Confederation (CNT), key organism for the tourism sector in Mexico.
Since 2012, Miguel Torruco is Secretary of Tourism for Mexico City, also being the President of the Committee for the Tourism Promotion Fund and member of the Global Tourism Organization (OMT).
Author of 9 books and 5 research papers on tourism, he’s given conferences in 30 countries and received numerous awards throughout his 45 years of professional career.
Ian Neilson Executive Deputy Mayor, City of Cape Town
Ian Neilson holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town.
He spent 20 years as a Consulting Engineer, involved in a wide range of Water Engineering projects, across South Africa. He was also involved in a number of Municipal Engineering planning projects. Several of his projects received professional awards.
He entered local politics in 1996 when he was elected to the Blaauwberg Council, a municipality that was incorporated into the new unicity of Cape Town in 2000.
Subsequent to the 2000 elections he was appointed as the Executive Councillor for Safety and Health, a post he held for two years. During this period he oversaw the establishment of a Municipal Police Service for the City of Cape Town.
After the political upheaval of 2002, he was in opposition as the deputy caucus leader of the DA.
The DA was returned to power in the 2006 municipal elections as part of a coalition. The Executive Mayor appointed him as the Mayoral Committee member for Finance as well as the chairperson of the 2010 World Cup committee.
He was elected by the Council as Executive Deputy Mayor on 27 May 2009.
After the 2011 elections, Ian was re-elected as Executive Deputy Mayor and also continues to hold the Finance portfolio.
Staf Depla Vice-mayor, Eindhoven
Alderman for Economic Affairs, Work and Income and Vocational Education in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) since 2014.
Staf Depla studied culture techniques at Wageningen University. He then worked as a programme manager for, among others, the Government Service for Land and Water Management and the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. He was a member of the House of Representatives for the Dutch Labour Party from 2000 to 2010. Staf Depla has been Alderman in his home town of Eindhoven since 2010. He is currently
Yin-Chuen Wu has won countless accolades during her 35 years in the media. She has also led CommonWealth Magazine to numerous honors, including most recently the awards for excellence in Multimedia News Presentation, Business Reporting, and Information Graphics from the Society of Publishers in Asia in 2012. She firmly believes that the major function of media is to encourage public participation and advocate public interest.
Anne Stenros Chief Design Officer, Helsinki
Anne Stenros graduated as Master of Architecture from the Univ. of Oulu and also from the Univ. of California, Berkeley. She has the doctorate in technology in the field of architectural theory. She has acted as a Managing Director of Design Forum Finland between 1995-2004 and the Executive Director of Hong Kong Design Centre in 2005. During the years 2005-2015, she was the Design Director at KONE Corporation, a world leading elevator and escalator company. In 2016 Jan-Jul she held a professorship at the Aalto University School of Business as the director of the IDBM International Design Business Management Master program. Since September 2016 she has been appointed as the chief design officer CDO of the city of Helsinki.
She is a design thinker and a speaker lecturing around the world. In 2012-13 she acted as a chair of the Expert Group for the iCity, a European Capital of Research and Innovation Award set by DG Research and Innovation (EU). She has also been appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (FRSA, London) and has been rewarded with The Gold Estlander Medal (2015) and The Gold Medal of the City of Helsinki (2013).
Shikuan Chen Vice President, Experience Design, Compal Electronics, Inc.
With over 24 years of practice in the design field, Shikuan currently leads a team of 200+ computing and communication/mobile device design experts at Compal Electronics Inc., and is responsible for creating business and innovation strategy for the global computing/mobile industry. He also teaches part time as a Design Professor at Taipei Shih-Chein University, and has been a visiting lecturer at numerous design events and seminars within the region since 1995. His speeches, seminars and design articles have been widely published by the media, and is one of the most prominent personalities in the Taiwanese and Chinese design field. Prior to joining Compal, Shikuan worked for Philips Design as Global Design Account Director for over seven years, and before that, was managing the GE/FITCH Taiwan Branch for over four years. In 1995, he received his MFA degree in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art (USA).
Jocelyn Wyatt Co-Lead and Executive Director, IDEO.org
Jocelyn is the Co-Lead + Executive Director of IDEO.org, the nonprofit design organization that she cofounded in 2011 after leading IDEO’s social innovation practice. As Executive Director, Jocelyn spends her time sorting out the vision, strategy, funding, and growth plans for IDEO.org. She heads up partner development with foundations, nonprofits, and social enterprises; builds networks by speaking widely on how design is changing the social sector; and has racked up more miles on the Star Alliance than she cares to admit.
Prior to joining IDEO in 2007, Jocelyn worked in Kenya as an Acumen Fund fellow. Before that, she served as VisionSpring’s interim country director in India, where she helped increase the distribution of low-cost reading glasses to the poor. Before that she did training, project management, and business development for Chemonics International, a contractor for USAID. And before that, she was in college: BA in anthropology from Grinnell College and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
For extra-curricular fun, Jocelyn is a program advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, an advisory board member to Marketplace, a board member for Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, and an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow.
Rama Gheerawo Director, the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and the RCA Reader in Inclusive Design
Rama Gheerawo is Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and the RCA Reader in Inclusive Design. With nearly two decades in the design industry, his interest is in people-centred and socially inclusive design. He leads the Centre's Age & Ability research lab which creates design that improves the lives of people of all ages and abilities. He is in demand as a keynote speaker internationally and writes, curates exhibitions and runs workshops for audiences that range from students to business executives to civil servants. Knowledge transfer to business is central to his work, building on a track record of over 150 collaborative projects with the Centre involving organisations such as Gov.UK, Samsung and Toyota. Rama has published widely in both academic and trade press including Volume magazine, New Design and the Journal of Design Philosophy Papers. He has guest edited a number of journals, appeared on juries and advisory boards representing design, and is a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Peer Review College. He is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Art and the Royal Society of Arts.
Moderator：Brandon Gien CEO, Good Design Australia
Dr. Brandon Gien is the Founder and CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of Australia's Good Design Awards – the oldest and most prestigious design award program in Australia with its origins dating back to the Industrial Design Council of Australia established in 1958.
In 2015, Dr. Gien was inaugurated as a Senator of the World Design Organization (WDO), the global body for Industrial Design. He was a member of the Board of Directors for three consecutive terms and elected President of the organisation from 2013 to 2015, the first Australian to ever hold this position. Under his leadership, Gien spearheaded the strategic transformation of the organisation, resulting in a new name, new vision and mission and a new global definition for the Industrial Design profession.
Brian Wen Managing Director, Continuum Greater China
Brian leads Continuum’s efforts toward serving the ever-growing Greater China market. With Brian’s multi-cultural upbringing in Taiwan and U.S., he is fluent in connecting dots and bridging gaps between cultures.
Since joining Continuum in 2005, Brian has led market winning cases all over the world, including helping UCAR grow from a seed funded startup to a $5 billion company in one year. Brian is passionate about leadership development, and is a frequent lecturer in top colleges and leading organizations such as Alibaba Inc.
Brian graduated from Art Center College of Design with a B.S. in Product Design. His mission is to cultivate organizational leadership through design.
Dung-Sheng Chen Professor, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University
Served as the director for the Humanity Innovation and Social Practice Project hosted by MOST’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and developed the “Innovation and Design of Socio-economic Organizations” course at NTU; the course combines theoretical analysis with social practice, giving students the opportunity to pursue social innovation in a college curriculum and contributing to the rise of social entrepreneurship in Taiwan. By finding the right balance between concepts and reality, successfully combine duty and ambition.
Wei-Bin Lee Commissioner, Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government
PhD in Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Chung Cheng University
MS in Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Chung Cheng University
BS in Information & Computer Engineering, Chung Yuan Christian University
Professor, Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, Feng Chia University
Director, Office of Information Technology, Feng Chia University
Deputy Director, Office of Information Technology, Feng Chia University
Director, Information and Communication Security Research Center, Feng Chia University
Chief, Administrative Affairs Planning Division, Office of Research and Development, Feng Chia University
Chief, Analysis and Assessment Division, Office of Research and Development, Feng Chia University
Director, Resources Management Center, Office of Information Technology, Feng Chia University
Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Visiting Scholar, University of British Columbia, Canada
Julia Kloiber Project Lead, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany
Julia Kloiber is an activist who's passionate about growing open communities. Since 2013, she has put her
background in design and media studies to use as a project lead for the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and
as a consultant for The Engine Room.
Julia has been running multiple community projects that foster the reuse of open data, such as Germany's first Civic
Tech Incubator ‘Stadt Land Code’ and a series of hackathons on transport, energy and citizen science. Code for
Germany, her latest project in collaboration with Code for America, is a civic tech community with 25 labs and more
than 350 members all across Germany. Julia leads open data projects in close collaboration with companies and
governments alike. She also enjoys speaking at conferences. In 2015 she coorganized the international Code for All Summit in New York, a two day conference that brought together leading experts and practitioners in civic tech.
In 2016 she will be kicking off a prototype fund for civic tech projects in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.
Cally O'Neill Architectural Designer
Cally studied architecture through an apprenticeship with the late Sir Ian Athfield, architect of Wellington, New Zealand. In 2012 Cally founded Co-op Cooperative Ltd, a company focused on participatory design process and sustainable environments. Co-op Cooperative is part of the The Enspiral Network, a collective of not-for-profit social enterprise businesses in Wellington.
The design cooperative platforms collaborative projects and works with experts across many industries to unfold and develop complex and multifaceted urban design work. Cally specialists in participatory governance and uses Loomio a Wellington based collaborative decision making software, also a company in the Enspiral Network, to engage with community stakeholders and City Council representatives in the participatory design of common spaces in the city. Loomio assists with data sharing, transparency and collaborative decision making throughout participatory process and this has led to ground breaking collaborations between the Wellington City Council, diverse communities, designers, experts and stakeholders. Cally is a leading thinker on collaborative governance, and strives to develop frameworks where the built environment can demonstrate the mutual benefits of collaborative projects, and how these models can translate across modern industry and government.
Audrey Tang Digital Minister without portfolio, Executive Yuan
A civic hacker who grew up among Tiananmen exiles, Audrey is known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell, as well as building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin.
In the public sector, Audrey serves on Taiwan national development council’s open data committee and K-12 curriculum committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project.
In the private sector, Audrey works as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design.
In the third sector, Audrey actively contributes to Taiwan’s g0v (“gov-zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government”.
Yi-Shan Chen, Taiwan, is an instructor at National Taiwan University's School of Journalism and a deputy editor at Taiwan's CommonWealth magazine.
With a background in economics, Yi-Shan began her career in 1996 at CommonWealth before later joining the China Times. As a financial reporter, she covered financial reform, the privatization of state-owned enterprises and tax issues. She is interested in stories on reform during the democratic transformation of a nation, as well as crony capitalism and the fraud of financial systems.
She returned to CommonWealth Magazine in 2013.
Mike Orgill Director, Public Policy, Asia Pacific, Airbnb
Mike Orgill leads Airbnb's public policy and government affairs activities across the Asia Pacific region. In this role Mike partners with governments and policy makers to develop new policy and regulatory frameworks for home sharing and the sharing economy. Prior to joining Airbnb Mike led Google's public policy efforts in Asia's emerging markets on a range of Internet policy issues, including data protection, security, content regulation, freedom of expression and cross-border data flows. Mike began his career in Washington D.C., at the US-ASEAN Business Council where he represented major US investors in Southeast Asia on complex trade and investment issues across a variety of industries. Mike is a graduate of Stanford University.
Shu Chang Kung Director, Graduate Institute of Architecture, National Chiao Tung University
Shu-Chang Kung received M.Arch (1992) and M.Des. (1993) from GSD, HarvardUniversity, U.S.A. In 1997, Kung established AURA Architects & Associates in Taipei.AURA is a design oriented firm which emphasizes the integration of professional practiceand creative ideas in planning, architectural design and interior design. The works of AURA always challenge the double entity and dialogue between architecture and natural organism in different scales, materials or site situations.
Kazuo Tanaka President, GK Design Group Inc.
Mr. Kazuo Tanaka graduated, in 1983, from Tokyo University of the Arts, majored in industrial design.
He is president of GK Design Group Incorporated, a comprehensive freelance design office in Japan founded in 1952. Mr. Tanaka has been elected president of Japan Industrial Designers Association (JIDA) and taking on many kinds of activities since 2013. He is a guest lecturer at several universities such as Tokyo National University of the Arts, the University of Tokyo, and Waseda University, etc. In 2007, he was elected member of the board of directors of International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) and has been active, also as a regional adviser, in many international programs. Mr. Tanaka has also been serving as; Deputy Chairperson of China International Design Industry Union (CIDIU), and a board member of Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). He also has been involved as a juror in many design promotion activities in and out of the country like Good Design Award(Japan), Red Dot Design Award(Germany), Australian International Design Awards , and others.
Annette Baumeister Studio Director Shanghai, Designworks, BMW Group
On 1 August 2016, Annette Baumeister has assumed a new role as Studio Director at the Shanghai Studio of BMW Group subsidiary Designworks. She will be in charge of the Studio’s design vision and daily operations leading a multidisciplinary team of creatives and consultants.
Annette joined the BMW Group in 1996. Vested with a profound design background she has two decades of experience working for the BMW Group in various positions. Here she developed a holistic view on design that she combines with thorough strategic know how and a sharp multi brand perspective. From 2003 until July 2016 Annette has been Head of Colour and Trim Design and Design Quality at MINI.
Francine Houben (1955), creative director and founder of MecanooArchitecten in Delft, leads the firm to success in The Netherlands and abroad. With Mecanoo she has amassed a portfolio of work that is wide-ranging, inspired by global challenges and with a sustainable view on society. Her work has received international acclaim, including a Stirling Prize nomination for the Library of Birmingham. She currently leads the renovation of the Midtown Campus of the New York Public Library. Other notable buildings include the Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Performing Arts in Kaohsiung, the Library of Delft University of Technology and the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Center in Boston. Francine has performed in numerous academic and professional capacities throughout her career, including Chair of Architecture and Aesthetics of Mobility at Delft University of Technology and visiting professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Francine was granted lifelong membership of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Germany. In November 2015, Queen Máxima of The Netherlands presented her the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize for her oeuvre.
John Rossant Chairman, New Cities Foundation
John Rossant is the founder and Chairman of the New Cities Foundation. He believes it is imperative that different stakeholders work together to improve the quality of life and work in 21st century global cities.
John had previously been responsible for the production of some of the world’s most prestigious events, in particular the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos and other WEF events around the world. In 2010, the President of France asked him to organize the e-G8 Forum on the future of the Internet.
A former journalist, John held several senior editorial positions at Business Week, including Europe Editor. He has received a number of awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award and the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Award for Distinguished Reporting.
John is also a co-founder and Board Member of the Fondation Tocqueville in Paris and is a Board Member of Humanity in Action.
Gisele Raulik Murphy is a consultant, educator, trainer and pioneer. Her work has led to conferences and networks addressing the role of design in public policy, including the integration of design into the European Commission’s Innovation agenda.
Gisele has a degree in Graphic Design (UFPR-Brazil), a Masters in Design Strategy and Innovation (Brunel University-UK), a PhD in Design Policy (University of Wales-UK) and has worked for design centres both in Brazil and the UK (Centro Brasil Design, Design Council and Design Wales). In 2005 she established the EU funded SEE project, a collective of European design organisations to share experiences and expertise in policies for design and innovation. Currently based in Brazil, Gisele has established the design management and policy consultancy called DUCO. In 2013 DUCO was commissioned by the Uruguayan Government to develop recommendations for a national design policy. More recently it completed a detailed review of design practices in key manufacturing sectors for the Brazilian government and a diagnostic of its design sector. Current work has been focused on measuring the return on investment in design. One recent commission in this field was the evaluation of the impact of a design support programme in the South of Brazil.
Pei-ni Beatrice Hsieh Commissioner , Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government
MA in European Study, Katholiek Universiteit Leuven
Candidate for D.Phi in Aesthetics, University of Stellenbosch
Medal of Distiguished Service, Czech Republic
Cavalière, Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana
Chevalier, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
International visiting scholar for The United States Information Agency (USIA), Ministry of Culture, France and Australia Government
● Associate Professor and Convener of EMBA, Department of Architecture, Feng Chia University
● Director, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
Final Panelist for the National Award for Arts