World Design Capital Taipei 2016 kicks off this October

The World Design Capital (WDC) Taipei 2016 kicks off this October with four key events: the International Design House Exhibition, International Design Week Forum, International Design Policy Conference, and Network of Cities Meeting.


Clockwise from top left: Pei-ni Beatrice Hsieh, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Taipei City Government; International Design House Exhibition Curators: calligraphic artist Tong Yang-tze, Liu Wei-Lang of Afterain Design, Page Tsou of Auspicious Design, and Agua Chou of Agua Design; and Songshan Cultural and Creative Park - WDC

As part of the WDC's International Signature Events schedule, the four events -- an exhibition, forum, design policy conference, and meeting of city representatives -- are scheduled to portray Taipei as a global role model for design thinking in public policy, according to organisers.

"October will be a defining month for the World Design Capital Taipei 2016," said Pei-ni Beatrice Hsieh, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Taipei City Government. "It is an opportunity both to reflect on the progress we have already made and to ignite international dialogue with other cities; to share experience and expertise. This is a chance to define a legacy for WDC Taipei 2016 that will be felt long into the future."

The International Design House Exhibition will bring together local and international designers, studios, and organizations to curate a series of urban exhibitions. Meanwhile, there will be an exhibition curated by Agua Zhou of Taipei-based studio Agua Design in the historical North Tobacco Factory, showcasing the successful projects taking place in the region including International Open Call and Designer in Residence Taipei programs.

Li Wei-Lang, the Creative Director of Afterain Design, will mount an exhibition showcasing breakthroughs and innovation in Taiwanese design, particularly in the fields of science and technology, art and craft, and sustainability. Meanwhile, Page Tsou, a visual artist and founder of studio, Auspicious Design, has invited renowned illustrators and visual artists from around the world to exhibit works that reflect on their impressions of Taipei.

The International Design Week Forum will run October 17 and 18 at the Creativity Theater in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.

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