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June 21, 2017

International organizations gather in Paris to chart the way to the October Summit!

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On 16-17 June, the World Design Summit Organization (“WDSO”) hosted the second of two Pre-Summit Meetings in Paris, France.  These meetings offer a collaborative, global partnership platform for international organizations to meet around their common cause: creating a better world for all by harnessing the power of design.   Participants of the World Design Summit […]

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Opening our LAST CALL for proposals!

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Another successful round of Call for Proposals has just closed for the World Design Summit. Continuing the impressive momentum of the 1st call, 760 proposals have now been submitted from over 50 countries around the globe!

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Dirk Sijmons: Urban by Nature

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We are living in the Anthropocene, whether we like it or not. We can only go forward, and we have to find the best ways of making progress.

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Graphic design in the public sphere

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“Signage is not just a matter of indicating the way and orienting people. It is also an identity issue. It’s a matter of giving visual expression to a place.” - Ruedi Baur, keynote speaker.

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Speaker Spotlight: Spatial Problem-Solver and Urban Designer Ruedi Baur

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The World Design Summit is proud to announce the participation of Ruedi Baur, graphic artist, spatial problem-solver and urban designer to the line-up of keynote speakers at the Summit's Congress, this October 2017.

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Design for Participation: New tools in public engagement

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Even as the design professions become increasingly specialized, there is a growing sense that anyone can be a designer of sorts. Public participation and consultation seek to involve community members in the design process, while new technology gives non-professionals access to sophisticated design tools. Debates on participatory design and planning increasingly concern decision-making authority and how to share power in light of these new tools. What changes are we seeing in the roles played by professionally trained designers in shaping everyday landscapes?

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Belinda Tato, co-founder and co-director of firm ecosistema urbano

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“Society has changed and therefore the profession should react to that”

Belinda Tato, co-founder and co-director of firm ecosistema urbano, is an architect and author creating projects in the fields of urbanism, architecture, engineering and sociology. She founded the firm alongside business partner Jose Luis Vallejo in 2000, based in Madrid, Spain.

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Design for Earth: Questioning Greenwashing

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Green has gone mainstream. But as green walls, rooftop farms, and tree covered skyscrapers become the norm in cities around the world, critics ask if these developments are simply the latest face of greenwashing.

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Speaker Spotlight: The Pritzker Prize winner and social housing hero Alejandro Aravena

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“A school or public housing project operates in a more complex space where everything becomes negotiable, which I think is more creative, more difficult, more challenging for an architect and more rewarding”

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NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE comes to WDS 2017!

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The international exhibition to promote French Design "NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE" will be part of the Expo next October!

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