Turin is once more a world design city
Almost ten years have passed since Turin was named World Design Capital, an acknowledgment awarded every two years by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) which focuses on a city’s ability to recognize design as a factor for economic, social and cultural growth. This is a virtuous journey that started in 2008 and was consolidated in 2014 when Turin, alone among Italian cities, was awarded the title of UNESCO Creative City for Design and which has been confirmed this year by the choice of Turin as the venue for the biennial World Design Organization (WDO)™ convention.
After Seoul, Helsinki, Cape Town and Taipei, WDO™ (formerly ICSID) – the international organization that promotes design – has chosen an Italian city to host the thirty-second General Assembly on October 14 th and 15 th that will see the involvement of leading figures from all over the world. Currently led by the African professor and industrial designer Mugendi M’Rithaa, who will pass the chair to the Piedmontese architect and designer Luisa Bocchietto, the World Design Organization (WDO)™ includes 140 organizations and is active in 60 nations and on 6 continents worldwide.
On this occasion, from 10 th to 16 th October the City will be promoting Turin Design of the City, a week of events, meetings, workshops, exhibitions and tours organized throughout the city’s strategic sites that have lived through and are currently experiencing the phenomenon of urban regeneration. These events include via Sacchi, la Cavallerizza, Torino Incontra, Lingotto Fiere, BasicVillage, Toolbox, Hangar25, Circolo del Design and Mastio della Cittadella. The WDO™ General Assembly will be the focal point of the event which will involve design and industry professionals from around the world and which will be held at the ILO, the Turin International Training Centre.
The Turin event was created with the aim of bringing the state of the art and new trends in contemporary design to the attention of national and international experts and residents alike and how through this discipline, it is possible to have an effect on a complex organism like a city.
Turin Design of the City is thus a stage on which to look at the possibilities of innovating through design thinking as applied to public policy together with sustainable mobility and urban regeneration, creating heterogeneous networks between people of different vocations and natures.
The extensive programme of events is also intended to revive design, creativity and production processes in Piedmont through the enhancing and developing of existing heritage assets.