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July 19, 2017

Archello new “How It’s Made” exhibit will be part of the expo!

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Coming to the World Design Summit in Montreal this October 16-25, Archello’s new ‘How It’s Made’ exhibit will reveal the materials, products and technological innovations behind today’s most imaginative architecture projects in a unique and tangible way. This new exhibit draws from Archello’s online How It’s Made series, which features multiple stories around a project […]

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July 18, 2017

Synergy: a dialogue in art & design

The World Design Summit Exhibition, Synergy: a dialogue in art and design, aims to challenge designers of various fields to reflect on their creative process, design strategies and decision making that goes into their work. In order to broaden the scope of reflection and discussion, six artists have been carefully selected to represent the six themes of the event.

The exceptionally thought-provoking artworks bridge a gap between world issues and design solutions. Synergizing with the field of design, they provide a middle ground that mediates and prompts further reflection and creative insight. The World Design Summit Exhibition will feature internationally renowned artists to be revealed soon.

October 17th-20th, 2017 at Palais de Congres, Montreal in collaboration with ERISMA, co-curated by Kimberly Glassman and Kevin Poitras

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July 7, 2017

Disaster by Design: why good design is imperative

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Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London   The harrowing Grenfell Tower fire in London has made design a hot-button political issue in the United Kingdom. The blaze, which engulfed a 24-storey public housing block in North Kensington in the early hours of June 14, caused at least 80 fatalities, with a definitive death toll that […]

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Canada’s 150: Design for the future, Design for the past

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Approaches to Canada’s Built Heritage Canada’s 150th anniversary arrives at a transformative time for the country. As modern planning and architecture fill our cities’ cores with indistinguishable glass towers, Canadian designers must reckon with our past.  

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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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