The World Design Organization has officially passed the baton of the world capital to Valencia.In mid October took place the official designation of Valencia as World Design Capital® (WDC) 2022.
The official communication was announced at the 31st World Design Assembly™ held in Hyderabad (India) on 11-12 October 2019. The event also marked the official acceptance of the World Design Capital® (WDC) 2022 designation by Mayor Joan Ribó from the City of Valencia (Spain).
The mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó; members of the Associació València Capital del Disseny and some sponsor companies such as Andreu World traveled to Hyderabad (India), to the general assembly of the World Design Organization (WDO), where the designation of València World Capital of Design 2022 was made official.
The Major of Valencia intervened before the general assembly, on behalf of the candidacy, to thank this appointment and present Valencia to the world: its characteristics, companies, its people and its urban, cultural, social and sustainable objectives. In his speech, the mayor will also explain the merits that have led València to achieve that designation, the importance of design at all levels and the objectives of the city within the framework of the World Design Capital of 2022.
After publicly announcing its election in Valencia last September, the WDO congress served to formalize the designation of the city as the World Capital of Design 2022.
"Humanize design" was the motto of this World Design Assembly that takes place every two years and which, in this case, will be held for the first time in India. This meeting also included a research and education forum that aims to "explore trends that better prepare young designers with new challenges and opportunities," according to the WDO.
This forum will analyze the integration of the UN Sustainable Development Goals into design curricula around the world, the future of design education and research in emerging economies and the human approach applied to digital media.
The WDO congress and general assembly were held for the first time in 1959 in Stockholm (Sweden) and, since then, it takes place every two years in different parts of the world. The last editions took place in Turin (Italy) in 2017 and in Gwangju (South Korea).