Design Networking, International Friendship
Thanks to the opportunities arising from our bidding to host World Design Capital, we have also actively forged links of friendship with cities internationally. For the Taipei World Design Congress in March 2014, we for the first time invited together in Taipei representatives from the past World Design Capitals—Torino, Italy; Seoul, Korea; Helsinki, Finland; and Cape Town, South Africa—to publicly share their experiences of how their cities’ faces were transformed through design. We also took the opportunity of exhibiting at well-known international exhibitions, such as Helsinki Design Week, Dutch Design Week, Design Indaba (Cape Town, South Africa), 100% Design (London, UK), designEX (Sydney, Australia) and Tokyo Designers Week, taking Taipei design onto the world stage and showcasing Taipei’s design power.
We also worked with well-known design schools and design departments in Taipei to put on numerous international design workshops, inviting well-known international designers to Taiwan to share their ideas on creativity with students, to help local students gain a greater international perspective. In 2012, Taipei City also inaugurated a designers in residence project, which invites designers with different cultural backgrounds and design styles to Taipei for all kinds of design exchanges, in order to broaden the international influence of local designers.