Design Transformation! Changing Taipei by Design

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
Session 2:Design for Social Impact
Session 3:Design for Future Living
Session 4:Design for Sustainable Cities