Breaking out of silos.
An international multi-disciplinary, multi-modal,
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 ARAVENA WDS 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.
The Congress program will explore 6 major interdisciplinary themes, subdivided into 108 provoking questions.
Congress delegates are invited to take an active role in the program by submitting a proposal for a presentation that will answer one of the 108 questions through transformative design thinking and practices.
All sessions are designed to be intersectional, encouraging the sharing of knowledge between disciplines. With a mix of delegate-led sessions, industry panels, workshops, and keynote addresses, the 5-day Congress is a not-to-be-missed global design event.
Six Driving Themes
The Program is driven by 6 main themes and 108 provocative questions calling for design-driven, solution-oriented answers.
"What will become of the wild things and their places, and of the quality of being that defines them and, by contrast, us?”
“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.”
“A good city is like a good party - people stay longer than really necessary because they are enjoying themselves.”
Be there when the industry gets together to address global issues through design.
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.