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2016-07-21

World Design Capital Taipei 2016 celebration of World Industrial Design Day

In 2007, International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) designated June 29 of each year as World Industrial Design Day (WIDD). Through the organization of WIDD, Icsid reiterates the important role played by industrial design in people’s daily life, and calls upon all countries to jointly celebrate this special day, reminding professionals around the world of the ultimate objective of industrial design—to contribute to the improvement of the world.

The theme of this year’s WIDD was “Youth in Design,” which aimed to highlight the contributions made by young designers; it also represented the new energy and future trends in the industrial design industry. In celebration of WIDD, WDC Taipei 2016 organized a series of seminars and workshops, including “The Square” created by emerging designers, and “Design-aholic” that invited Taiwanese designers from across disciplines; Japanese design giant GK Graphics was also invited to come to Taiwan and shared on experience in Japan, while Dutch and British design teams hosted workshops. The activities attracted participation by enthusiastic citizens.

The Square Jointly Created by Local Designers across Different Generations

In addition to inspiring seminars and workshops, a group of young design talents led by established designers jointly curated “The Square” at the square in front of MOCA, Taipei, and Xianti Boulevard in Xinyi District from June 24 to June 30. The exhibition focused on four core aspects—life and health, ecological sustainability, urban regeneration, and smart living, which best represented the challenges faced by Taipei, and reexamined the wonderful moments brought to everyday life by industrial designers.

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Collecting Taipei’s Design Energy by Learning from Dutch and Japanese Experiences

Dutch designers Luc van Hoeckel and Manon van Hoeckel organized a workshop on June 25, and led participants to disassemble disposed industrial design products and turn “single” objects into countless components, changing people’s ideas regarding broken objects. In the afternoon, Jackie Wang, founder of local interdisciplinary team Renato Lab, shared on the concept of “environmental-friendly,” and proposed the idea of inspirational and sustainable circular economy.

2016響應世界工業設計日-GONE TOO SOON ! x Luc & Manon

Design-aholic: Designers Shared on Achievements

“Design-aholic” held on June 25 invited seven designers and founders of social enterprises, including Tomic Wu, Agua Chou, Gina Hsu, Kate Hsu, Momo Huang, Kevin Yang, and Liao Chun-Hao, to share on Taipei’s achievement from bidding for WDC to enhancing own urban aesthetics, focusing on different aspects such as “Design Action,” “Design Sense,” “Friendly Design,” and “Design Lifestyle.”

2016響應世界工業設計日-設計成癮夜

On July 2, parents and children reflected on the possibility of reutilization of recycled waste materials through hands-on creative exercise at the Recycled Art Workshop. In the afternoon, Director Kimura Masahiko of GK Graphics was invited to share his proposal for the signage of Taipei MRT. On July 8, British interdisciplinary team Assemble, which had won the 2015 Turner Prize with its Granby Four Streets project, came and shared with citizens its experience in UK. They advocate collaboration with local citizens, and through continued “dialogue” and “attempt,” the team successfully injected vitality and creativity into abandoned spaces.

629 Industry design days

WDC Taipei 2016 Showcases Mid-Term Achievements in response to 629 WIDD

Many citizens often ask what is WDC? What are its influences? In fact, the most important objective of WDC is to inspire younger designers and creative professionals to contemplate on the possibility of using design to change the city, and using design to tackle wicked problems; this core concept coincidentally echoes WIDD’s theme of “Youth in Design” this year, and WDC Taipei 2016 celebrated WIDD with a series of lectures and activities, hoping to cultivate citizens’ interest in design to ultimately enhance Taipei’s social energy.

Four major World Design Capital Taipei 2016 events take place in October, making it another key month for design enthusiasts to mark in this year’s travel calendar. Three of the four International Signature Events—the International Design House Exhibition, International Design Week Forum, and International Design Policy Conference—are open to the public, and attendees can sign up on the WDC Taipei 2016 website in August.(Events calendar: http://wdc2016.taipei/en/event/)

The fourth event, the Network of Cities Meeting, is a closed event that will be attended by invited city representatives and urban design professionals from around the world.

Press release

Four major World Design Capital Taipei 2016 events take place in October, making it another key month for design enthusiasts to mark in this year’s travel calendar. Three of the four International Signature Events—the International Design House Exhibition, International Design Week Forum, and International Design Policy Conference—are open to the public, and attendees can sign up on the WDC Taipei 2016 website in August.(Events calendar: http://wdc2016.taipei/en/event/)

The fourth event, the Network of Cities Meeting, is a closed event that will be attended by invited city representatives and urban design professionals from around the world.

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