Art & Design: World Design Capital, Helsinki 2012

Every two years, World Design Capital recognizes a global city that has utilized design to improve social, cultural and economic conditions.  Following on from Seoul’s 2010 edition, 2012 will see Helsinki host an incredible programme of over 300 events, project showcases and design initiatives that have improved the everyday lives of the city’s inhabitants.

Set up by the International Council of Societies, World Design Capital is one of the largest, open-application, design initiatives to be implemented, and will commence in January continuing throughout 2012.

Events will include the WDC Design Gala and Helsinki Design Week, as well as monthly forums, and over 90 exhibitions covering many aspects of art and design – Everyday Discoveries by Design Forum Finland, for example, will compare contemporary design between different countries.   Over the course of the year, the initiative will also attempt to create new processes for urban development and will demonstrate the ways in which design and nature can work simultaneously.

As our urban areas continue to grow, design is increasingly becoming an important tool for the efficiency and livability of our global cities.  As a platform for learning and sharing design solutions, World Design Capital will inevitably foster positive solutions for future, inner-city living.

“This is much more than just a year of events or a festival, we want to make the role of design visible”, explains Pekka Timonen, the Director of World Design Capital.

For more information and the full 2012 programme, click here.  – Samantha Fox


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