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Helsinki is World Design Capital in 2012

While there are many awards that recognise individual accomplishments in design, the World Design Capital (WDC) designation is unique as it aims to focus on the broader essence of design’s impact on urban spaces, economies and citizens.

The designation provides a distinctive opportunity for cities to feature their accomplishments in attracting and promoting innovative design, as well as highlight their successes in urban revitalisation strategies. The World Design Capital is an initiative of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID).

Finnish design has a long and distinguished history. It is no exaggeration to say that design is ever-present in the Finnish lifestyle. Traditions are respected and the past is cherished, but above all, design represents the future. Finland is not interested in having a 365-day fireworks show. It wants to  go deeper into the new role of sustainable design from a broad perspective and achieve things whose impact will reach far into the future.

For further information: wdchelsinki2012.fi

Aalto University for example has a strong presence in the World Design Capital 2012 year with around 30 projects. The projects featured here involve particularly strong co-operative elements with multiple private, public and third sector partners.  The projects vary from social innovation, sustainability and urban design to future concepts and innovation.

For further information: arts.aalto.fi/en

 

 

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