Taipei - WDC 2016

Illustration Taipei WDC2016

World Design Capital 2016





Wen-je KO


25°05′N, 121°33′E




272 km2 (2 265 km2 - metropolitan area)


2 635 286 inh. (7 034 444 inh. - metropolitan area)


9 689 hab./km2 (3 106 hab./km2 - metropolitan area)

The city of Taipei (Taiwan) was designated, in 2016, World Design Capital®. For this Metropolis, the aim was in particular to demonstrate how cities with limited resources can adapt by using innovation and design to revitalize a city and improve the quality of life of citizens.


Through the theme "Adaptive City - Design in Motion", the Taipei Metropolis is committed to an innovative and large-scale "design thinking" approach around four axes of quality of life and health, ecological sustainability, urban regeneration and life. smart.

Throughout the program, it invited citizens, professionals and design enthusiasts to take part in discussions on the elaboration of public policies and on the development of the city. City officials and officials were made aware of "design thinking" and "social design" through a series of conferences aimed at improving public action and urban governance.


Throughout World Design Capital, Taipei has identified and developed unique events to achieve local goals and reach local, national and international audiences. These projects included:

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN GALA - This gala was an opportunity to celebrate the local and international design community, in particular design-based innovation to improve the quality of life of residents;

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN HOUSES EXHIBITION - This international exhibition presented at Songshan Culture and Creative Park was under the theme "Adaptive City - Design in Motion". It made it possible to realize the impact of design initiatives on the city, by presenting achievements resulting from international calls for projects, the "Designers in Residence" program or even case studies where design has been used to solve problems. social problems.

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN WEEK FORUM - Representatives of Design Weeks from all over the world have been invited to this Forum to share their experiences and ideas on current design trends and its role in boosting a city's creative economy.

WORLD INDUSTRIAL DESIGN DAY 2016 - Organized in the form of seminars and workshops, including "The Square" created by emerging designers and "Design-aholic", these events brought together Taiwanese designers from all disciplines or to discuss with the Japanese design giant GK Graphics as well as Dutch and British design teams.

YODEX 2016 - This program highlighted a social and environmental awareness award for young designers at the largest student exhibition around design. At the end of one year, more than 9,000 Taiwanese and foreign design students presented nearly 4,000 projects during a final four-day exhibition, consult the innovation of the young generation in the analysis of solutions to the daily problems and challenges of ocean sustainability to medical innovations.


Experts in the design of public policies, coming from industry and academia from cities around the world engaged in approaches and projects around design participated in this international conference to discuss their advances and reflections in the design of public policies and design serving the transformation of cities.

The conference focused on design for Public Policy (urban design strategies and ways to put design at the core of policy-making to enhance city governance), design for Social Impact (ways to use design to solve the core of problems and spread the social influence of design to make our society a better place), design for Future Living (identify ground-breaking trends and ways to combine the power of technology and design to weave a better future. Digital technology has not only revolutionized industries but has also become ubiquitous in our lives) and design for Sustainable Cities (examine the daily lives of citizens and create a vision of urban regeneration and revitalization to achieve sustainable development).


Mayors and representatives of cities around the world were invited to explore the challenges they face in urban development and share design-based solutions for the future development of their cities.

Taipei’s Mayor emphasized the importance of design thinking "as a way of problem-solving in response to public needs" and an integral part of any creative city’s long-term strategy. He credited design as an effective tool in the face of limited resources to strengthen sustainability and make the city more attractive and competitive.