Sydney Shortlisted to become World Design Capital 2020


The World Design Organization (WDO) announced yesterday that Sydney has been shortlisted to become the next World Design Capital® in 2020.

Sydney sits alongside the city of Lille (France) as the only shortlisted cities and if successful, will be the first Australian city to receive the prestigious accolade. Shortlisted cities will now be evaluated by an international panel of experts in design, architecture, urban planning and design policy and the winning city will be announced on 14 October at the WDO’s General Assembly in Torino (Italy).

The World Design Capital® is designated every two years by the WDO and through a year-long program of design-related events and initiatives, provides a global platform to showcase international best practice in design, architecture, urban planning and civic engagement.

“The World Design Capital® designation shines a light on Sydney as a major global city seeking to use design as a strategic tool for a better city that is more inclusive and more resilient.”, said Mr. Tim Horton, Registrar for the New South Wales Architect’s Registration Board and member of Design Sydney – a new independent managing authority set up to deliver the program should Sydney win.

Over recent months, a consortium of more than 40 private sector and not for profit organisations, institutions and agencies developed Sydney’s bid for the designation.

Good Design Australia is one of the Founding Partners behind the bid. Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia and Past President of the WDO said this, “The bid is a result of Sydney’s design and creative community working together towards a common goal – to put Greater Sydney and Australia on the world stage for design and innovation,”.

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Posted on July 14, 2017 in Design, News, Products, Strategy, UX

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