Posted on: 6. June 2019

The Bilbao Bizkaia Design Week (BBDW) is an annual event revolving around design, creative industries and innovation. It aims to promote design and the creative industries as a factor of economic development and international projection of the Bizkaia region. It is organised by the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and Bilbao City Council through the Bilbao Bizkaia Design Council (BiDC), which this year takes place from 14 to 21 November 2019.

During the BBDW, a number of stakeholders in the sector and entities from Bizkaia have put together a schedule of activities which, thanks to the quality and number, has created an interesting agenda for professionals, businesses and the general public: conferences, exhibitions, workshops, festivals, meetings, etc.

FUTURE US! Design driven futures is the theme for this edition and the conceptual framework for this call. It seeks creative professionals for the construction of new chronicles to enrich the discussions about the challenges posed by economic and cultural globalisation, the environmental crisis, new technologies and the growing competitiveness between cities to attract economic investment and talent.

We live in a world in which overestimation of the ephemeral, the immediate, places us under great adaptive pressure. Addressing the current situation requires firm interweaving of creative knowledge in the design process of new narratives which serve as a base for the development of solutions that provide an answer to the complexity of a hyperconnected world.


In its fifth edition, the BBDW seeks the participation of professionals and initiatives from the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which, in a collaborative manner, create and prototype future scenarios offering an answer to the challenges facing our cities, in line with the theme proposed for this edition.

The purpose, therefore, of this call is to form an international team which uses the tools and methodologies of design to propose solutions. These may be presented and exhibited at the Cities&Design 2019 conference organised by BiDC as part of the BBDW19 agenda, held in Bilbao from 14 November 2019.

This team will consist of a professional or business from Bizkaia and two professionals or businesses from one of the UNESCO Cities of Design.

Participant profile

Professionals or businesses who work in the design sector or similar, interested in reflecting on the future of cities and addressing the challenges from a design perspective. They should have training and experience in the design methodologies applicable to this call.


Following the launch of the call to all UNESCO Cities of Design through its focal point, and distribution to the professionals and business from the respective cities, those cities interested in taking part should select a professional or business and send information about candidate profile: knowledge, motivation and professional design experience linked to the theme of the call and / or speculative design to the following e-mail address:

Deadline for the receipt of applications: 20 July 2019

The BBDW19 coordinating team will select two professionals or businesses from among the applications received, notifying the participating cities on 31 July 2019.

At the same time, the coordinating team will also request proposals from professionals and businesses in Bizkaia, and will select the professional or business to take part in the project at local level.

Subsequently, the BBDW19 coordinating team will contact the selected professionals in the two cities putting them in contact with the local one from Bilbao.


The three professionals or companies will be in touch in order to organize a workshop that will be hold in Bilbao some days before the BBDW19 in relation with the thematic of this event: Design driven futures

The results of the collaborative work of the three professionals or businesses will be presented at the Cities&Design 2019 conference, part of the BBDW19 to be held in Bilbao from 14 to 21 November 2019.


Travel and accommodation costs will be met by the organisation of the Bilbao Bizkaia Design Week.

The BBDW19 organisation will offer the participants an expenses grant.

The BBDW19 organisation will prepare a programme for the participants for that week to allow them to discover the creative ecosystem of Bizkaia and make relevant professional contacts.