„Creating a world that is environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially equitable and culturally diverse.“
— The EEUM Declaration. World Design Summit, Preparation Conference, Gwangju, Korea, 2015.
A historic gathering of 50 international organizations, all with a common objective: developing an international action plan for harnessing the power of design to address pressing global challenges.
International organizations representing design, architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture, are coming together for the first time with representatives of intergovernmental and supranational organizations and specialized agencies, such as UNESCO, OECD, UNEP and ICLEI.
The first World Design Summit Meeting, set to take place in Montréal on October 23-25 2017, will be an unprecedented moment of global unity in seeking design-driven solutions.
Together, the participants will develop and put forth a declaration and 10-year implementation framework for continued international collaboration towards the shared objective: designing a better world for all.
The main objective of the World Design Summit Meeting is the development of a joint Declaration – a position statement that will identify the unique role, capacities and value of design and design-related disciplines.
The Declaration will also propose an implementation framework for continued international collaboration.
Call for Proposals
What are the innovative design ideas and actions that could bring about better futures? How can design in all its facets respond to issues as a transformational agent that supports cultural, political, economic, environmental and everyday societal needs?
By submitting your proposal you will take part in an unprecedented international event and have the opportunity for cross-disciplinary engagement and networking.
Proposals are accepted in their broadest form: a paper, a presentation about an idea, a concept, a project or current research. The Call is open to scholars, practitioners and concerned parties from all spectrums of the design disciplines, including: architecture, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning and interstitial or hybrid practices. The Proposals must provoke paradigm shifts and propose how we might rethink challenging world issues through design processes and their applications.
They must provide innovative insights on how to attain change, therefore contributing to the objectives of the Summit: that is, to demonstrate the tremendous transformative power of design to create viable solutions for the global social, economic, cultural and environmental challenges we face worldwide.
A summary statement (40 words) that clearly states the position of the proposal and its innovative and transformative content must be included in each submission.
Get more information on the call here.
Deadline: 6 August 2017
For more information visit: worlddesignsummit.com