Dublin has made the shortlist for World Design Capital #2014 (along
with Bilbao and Cape Town).
Congratulations to @Pivotdublin on putting together a fantastic bid document. No matter what happens from here on in, the fact that we in the final three says much about Dublin as an emerging global hub of design.
Please continue to show your support and to
create a buzz as this is a truly unique opportunity for Dublin. This is BIG!
Press Release form Dublin City Council... http://bit.ly/mP6O2C
Dublin Shortlisted for World Design Capital 2014
Tuesday 21st June 2011:Dublin
is one of just three cities worldwide to be shortlisted to become World
Design Capital 2014. The International Council of Societies of
Industrial Design (ICSID) announced today that the prestigious
designation, awarded biannually to cities that use design to benefit
people socially, culturally and economically will be awarded for 2014 to
either Dublin, Bilbao (Spain), or Cape Town (South Africa). The winning
city will be announced this autumn. Details of the Dublin bid can be
Dublin bid, 'Pivot Dublin, Turn Design Inside Out' is a collaboration
between the four Dublin local authorities. It includes proposals to
improve quality of life in cities, using Dublin as a testbed, under four
themes - 'Connecting Cities'; 'Making Cities Flow'; 'Making Cities
Lighter' and 'Making Cities Smile'. Work on developing and implementing
these proposals, described in the bid as ‘seed projects’, will begin
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen said that 'Dublin is honoured to be
one of the three cities shortlisted for World Design Capital 2014. On
behalf of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, South Dublin and Fingal County
Councils and Dublin City Council, I welcome the opportunities the World
Design Capital project will give us. Our bid celebrates ambiguity,
diversity and difference and tells a story of a city where there is much
talent, a solid tradition of great Irish design and a vibrant informal
design scene. We look forward to sharing that experience with the world
- come what may - now, in 2014 and beyond.”
Dublin, Turn Design Inside Out' bid showcases Irish designers at home
and abroad; working across established design disciplines such as
product, fashion, architecture and graphic design to animation, film,
gaming and interaction design”, says Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect.
'It is a strong and diverse bid that tells a compelling story about our
design capacity as a city and country. It also identifies an
opportunity where Dublin can be a test bed for new ideas which address
local need, yet have global relevance. These are difficult times and our
bid challenges us to adapt, recover and grow; showing how design can
make a difference in Dublin and Ireland”.
World Design Capital designation for Dublin could provide a legacy of
significant job opportunities for the city and for Ireland, as the
design sector is growing rapidly”, says John Tierney, Dublin City
Manager. “The World Design Capital designation is prestigious and brings
economic and reputational benefits to the winning city. Cities that
value and apply design in the way they think, plan and act are more
humane, attractive and competitive cities and that is how we want to
Notes to the Editor:
cities submitted bids for the 2014 title, including Beijing, Capetown
and Bilbao. Turin was World Design Capital in 2008 and Seoul in 2010.
Turin received more visitors in 2008 than when it hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Mayor of Seoul has described their designation as a shortcut to
becoming a truly global city. Helsinki, a city with a much admired and
long established design tradition will host World Design Capital in
representatives will visit Dublin in the coming weeks to meet the bid
organisers and representatives of Dublin's design industries and see for
themselves the city's capacity to host World Design Capital 2014.
Dublin bid is supported by the Irish Government as an opportunity to
retrieve Ireland's international reputation and to embed the idea of
good design as a way to benefit everyone socially, culturally and
The Innovation Dublin festival which runs for a month from October to November will also have design as its key theme for 2011.