Breaking out of silos.
An international multi-disciplinary, multi-modal, solution-oriented congress.
You’ll find me at the World Design Summit because the world is facing complex challenges. The more complex the problem, the more the need for synthesis; if there is any power in Design, that’s the power of synthesis.
ALEJANDRO ARAVENAWDS Congress Keynote and 2016 Pritzker prize winner This is not just another design Congress. This is an opportunity to take an active part in kickstarting a global initiative. This is an international incubator for re-thinking the mission of the designer and the design process. This is about more than just the latest trends – it is about your role as a creative leader in society, business, culture and governance. Designers, architects, planners and landscape architects are gathering for the first time under one roof to share perspectives, foster collaboration and cross-pollinate innovative ideas. This is about our future. And how to transform it together by design.
Six Driving Themes
The Program is driven by 6 main themes and 108 provocative questions calling for design-driven, solution-oriented answers.
“A good city is like a good party - people stay longer than really necessary because they are enjoying themselves.”
“Graphic designers have to think of themselves as urbanists for the social landscape.”
Dr. Lucinda Kaukas Havenhand
Syracuse University - College of Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. Colleen Mercer-Clarke
Chair of IFLA Working Group on Climate Change
“There is no going back. Welcome to the Anthropocene!”
H+N+S Landscape Architects
“We should not forget we have a social responsibility, we create the habitats for people to live, relate, interact and become happy.”
“...people care deeply about the place they live, and that's an incredible foundation for doing great things.”
The City of Seattle
"What will become of the wild things and their places, and of the quality of being that defines them and, by contrast, us?”
"Do we need Smart Cities, or intelligent ones?"
WB, IDB, EU, UN, ADB, Un-Habitat
Communicate the essence through an universal language
We want to wake our audiences up and force them to take a fresh look at their surroundings.
Claude Cormier + Associés
Design thinkers spend a lot of time up front doing problem finding before they get to problem solving
Global Design to Innovate
One of the most important goals in architecture is to create meaningful, vital, and inclusive social spaces
Architecture, Urban Planning
"If you make this part of the experience, people will remember you and respond positively."
Terrapin Bright Green LLC
Designers should focus a critical eye on society’s issues, need to work within this discourse and help promote acceptance and change.
Suzanne Tick Inc.
The more that a person brings to design, the better his or her ability to communicate.
Don’t ask a designer to build a bridge, but rather ask them the best way to get across the river
“Good design should always be honest and inspiring”
Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Design
Daniel Germani Designs
14 Design Congresses in One
The Congress is coming together through three major international design organizations: the International Council of Design (ico-D), International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP) and International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), all of which have planned their annual Assemblies and congresses within the World Design Summit Congress program.
The Congress is further enriched by the participation of 12 more national and provincial level organizations.