What is the World Design Capital?
WDC refers to a city that is able to enhance its citizens’ quality of life and develop its economy and culture via the utilization of superior designs.
In order to highlight the importance of design in the development of the economic, social and cultural life of cities, the Committee will host the International WDC Competition Biennale, at which the capital city with the most superior quality of design will be chosen as the winner.
Under the sponsorship of the International Design Alliance, the winner will be awarded the title of World Design Capital for one year.
Following on from the coronation of Turin, Italy as the first WDC, Seoul, Korea won the title in October 21, 2007 in an official competition.
* International Cities Design Exhibition
-Commemorative event for each participating city
-Seminar and information sessions When : October, 2010
Where : Jamsil Sports Complex
* Seoul Design Assets Exhibition
This exhibition will earnestly demonstrate the lasting memory of the design value and history of Seoul.
* World Design Market
* Nignttime gala and citizens’ festival
2010 Experience WDC Seoul
* World Design Capital Seoul 200 Citizens Design Competitio
* Children’s Design Camp
* WDC Citizens Portrait
* Dongdaemun Design Plaza
* World Design Survey
The World Design Survey project is an international cooperative design research initiative to analyze the design status of each nation and to create the world design map launched through the collaboration by the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda).
As a part of the 2010 World Design Capital projects, Seoul Metropolitan City has been actively participating in the World Design Survey project. Seoul will take on the role of the Online Host for the research activities and through the publication of the World Design Survey in 2010, as the successful output of the international cooperative efforts, Seoul will contribute leading efforts as the international design city.
* Seoul Design Assets
The Top 51 Seoul Design Assets includes Deoksugung Palace that is the gorgeous mixture of the western-styled architecture and the Korean traditional architecture in the tumultuous period of the late Joseon, Huwon (royal courtyard), the symbolic of the Korean-styled garden with natural folding screen, Jongmyo (the Royal Ancestral Ritual in the Jongmyo shrine), the design showing the invisible, Suseonjeondo (complete map of Seoul), Insa-dong street, carrying the communication between the tradition and the current, World Cup Park as the urban renewal design, gwanbok (official robe) and hyungbae (embroidered insignia), and Haechi, as the symbolic icon of the City, which summarize the design value and the time-honored history of Seoul.
The selected Top 51 Seoul Design Assets includes 9 pieces from traditional architectures, 11 ones from modern architectures, 6 streets, 6 garments, 6 visual and graphic designs, 5 symbols and icons of Seoul, and 8 contents.
WDC In Seoul
Seoul Design Olympiad
We have two eyes, two ears, one nose, and one mouth each. Five senses always lead people’s lives. That’s why design’ is important. ‘Design’ has almost become one of the most important factors for our lives. In 21C, nothing goes on without design. People always choose everything according designs. They choose clothes to wear, house to live, or sometimes even food to eat according to design. In every ordinary life, design exists. That’s why Seoul’s becoming World Design Capital is a big and significant news.
Indeed, design has become one large element in human lives in modern age. People even name a city as World Design Capital! The reason why I belive Seoul will grow by large amount after this point is that nowadays’ people choose places to visit and live according to design, and people almost alwayas judge everything from its design. For example, people have fantasy in cities where major fashion collections are held, which are Milan, Paris, London, and New York. Those cities’ tourism is immense, as everyone knows. This means that cities that prosper from designs also prosper in many ways. People want to go to Paris to see Eiffel Tower,Montrmartre, and walk avenue des Champs-Élysées. People visit New York to visit beautiful stores at Time Square, Soho, and Saks Fifth Avenue. People fascinate about Spain’s buildings designed by Gaudi. Why is Dubai well-known? because all those newly built buildings and even an artificially built island are well-designed in state-of-art fashion! It’s all about design, or may be it has always been all about design adn it’s more about design now.
Well-designed things that satisfy people’s five senses and sometimes even touch not only people’s heart and feelings but also touch their brain by its utility convenience always attract people. I know Seoul has many factors to be a World Design Capital. Also, I know Seoul is always turning itself into be a World Design Capital that is recognized by every citizen in the world. Seoul is a fashionable city, and has a bright future to be more and more well-designed. I believe sometimes Seoul will be a name that is called by people in other countries as somewhere they want to visit once before they die. Actually, Seoul already is.
Visit Seoul in 2010, visit World Design Capital 2010, and be fashionable!