Dublin is joint runner up in prestigious World Design Capital 2014 competition

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Dublin has been confirmed as runner up to Cape Town in the prestigious World Design Capital 2014 designation, announced in Taipei today by the organizers, ICSID, (The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design). The four Dublin local authorities, led by Dublin City Council, plan to implement the highly regarded Pivot Dublin bid, in conjunction with Cape Town and Bilbao, the joint runner-up.  The Dublin bid is available on www.pivotdublin.com .

“The Dublin bid  ‘PIVOT Dublin  - Turn Design Inside Out’ recognises that the world is at a pivot point”, says Lord Mayor Andrew Montague. “Collaboration with Helsinki in 2012 and working with Cape Town in 2014 will enable Dublin to showcase our vibrant design and creative industries at home and abroad” he said.  “The bid is an example of the four Dublin local authorities working in collaboration and reaching out to the design and business communities.”

“Dublin’s Pivot Dublin bid for World Design Capital 2014 beat competing bids from 53 cities around the world and our success in achieving joint runner up in this international competition, means Dublin joins a prestigious network of international cities  that work together to share innovative design programmes and strategies”, said John Tierney, Dublin City Manager. “This is a big achievement and we intend to build on it by implementing as much as possible of the bid, within whatever resources we can garner in the coming years. Cities are our future and we must design them well because cities that use design in how they think plan and act are more humane, attractive and competitive cities. Through Pivot Dublin we will explore new design ideas which address local needs but have global relevance.”

Dr. Mark Breitenberg, President of ICSID, said that Dublin's bid was compelling and the decision for the Selection Committee was not easy given the high calibre of the bids that were considered amongst the final candidates.

“The PIVOT Dublin bid has galvanised designers, business leaders and policy makers to recognise designs capacity for social impact and innovation” says Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect. “PIVOT Dublin has been a catalyst and enabler for creative thinking across Dublin and by Dubliners across the world. It has provided us with an unprecedented opportunity to tell an engaging story about our design capacity and our innate ability as Dubliners to design. It will continue to be a platform to showcase our extraordinary design talent and is a tribute to all the wonderful people who have been instrumental in taking us so far” she said.

“PIVOT Dublin demonstrates the value of interdisciplinary collaboration” according to Bob Gray of Red and Grey Design, who designed the bid document and website. The bid document itself was enriched by contributions from across Dublin's design sectors.”


Notes to the Editor

The 3rd Innovation Dublin festival, underway since the 17th October and continuing until 18th November features Design as its core theme and reinforces all that Pivot Dublin has achieved to date, will act as a catalyst towards developing a shared understanding of the benefits that design-thinking can bring to social, economic and political challenges. Partnerships across the public and private sectors under Pivot Dublin’s four bid themes ‘Connecting Cities’; ‘Making Cities Flow’; ‘Making Cities Lighter’ and ‘Making Cities Smile’ have already been initiated. Dublin will be showcasing its design skills at the WDC ‘Everyday Discoveries’ International Design House Exhibition in Helsinki in September 2012.

Building on the organisational work done to prepare the bid, PIVOT Dublin will be coordinating and facilitating a programme of ‘seed’ projects  under its four themes ‘Connecting Cities’; ‘Making Cities Flow’; ‘Making Cities Lighter’ and ‘Making Cities Smile’ with partners across the public and private sectors. These projects are planned as demonstrations of design’s capacity to impact socially, foster cultural programmes and implement economic initiatives to dignify people’s lives and restore the hearts of communities.

The web site for the bid, www.pivotdublin.com has been established as an international showcase and contact point for Irish design and this will be further developed. Arising out of the bid Dublin will also be showcasing its design skills at the WDC ‘Everyday Discoveries’

International Design House Exhibition in Helsinki in September 2012 as well as hosting a milestone Dublin design event in 2013.

“We are convinced” says Ali Grehan “that through the PIVOT Dublin strategy, we will explore new design ideas which address local needs, yet have global relevance. Our designers’ unique approach, their talent and creativity, their connectivity and their collaborative ways

of working will ensure that the message 'design is the difference that makes the difference' will be communicated. Dublin will show that cities that use design smartly are cities where productivity flows, where old and young, rich and poor connect, where we lighten our load on the planet and above all, where we cause people to smile”.

World Design Capital is a biennial designation, awarded by ICSID (International Council for the Society of Industrial Designers) on behalf of the International Design Alliance. Appointed to cities based on their accomplishments and commitment to design as an effective tool for social, cultural and economic development, the WDC designation is an ambitious project initiated and managed by Icsid to promote the impact of design on quality of life. Since its inception in 2004, the project has developed into a tangible venture and is being recognised internationally for its ability to showcase the merits of design-led initiatives within various municipalities.  The Dublin bid ‘PIVOT Dublin  - Turn Design Inside Out’ is  a collaboration between the four Dublin Local Authorities. ‘Pivot’ is a centre point around which movement occurs. It creates a departure point, a fulcrum, an angle from which to proceed; a step in the process of lining oneself up for the next move. ‘Pivot’ suggests success, urgency and decisiveness.

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid)

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is an international non-governmental organisation for professional industrial design. Founded in 1957, Icsid currently counts over 150 members in more than 50 countries, representing an estimated 150,000 designers worldwide. Icsid members are professional associations, promotional societies, educational institutions, government bodies, corporations and institutions — all of which contribute to the development of the profession of industrial design. Icsid supports and highlights design as a valuable tool to serve key issues discussed in international forums. This requires collaboration with individuals, governments, NGO’s, companies and organisations, in order to guarantee and strengthen the presence of design at all levels. Icsid holds consultative status with UNESCO, UNIDO, ISO and WIPO. The decision to award WDC designation to Cape Town was taken at the International Design Alliance (IDA) conference in Taipei on 26th October.