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Dublin shortlisted for World Design Capital 2014

From Editor on Thursday 23rd June 2011

Dublin is one of just three cities worldwide to be shortlisted to become World Design Capital 2014.

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) announced today that the prestigious designation, awarded biannually to cities that use design to benefit people socially, culturally and economically will be awarded for 2014 to either Dublin, Bilbao or Cape Town.

The winning city will be announced this autumn.

The Dublin bid, ‘Pivot Dublin, Turn Design Inside Out’ is a collaboration between the four Dublin local authorities. It includes proposals to improve quality of life in cities, using Dublin as a testbed, under four themes – ‘Connecting Cities’; ‘Making Cities Flow’; ‘Making Cities Lighter’ and ‘Making Cities Smile’.

Work on developing and implementing these proposals, described in the bid as ‘seed projects’, will begin immediately.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen said that ‘Our bid celebrates ambiguity, diversity and difference and tells a story of a city where there is much talent, a solid tradition of great Irish design and a vibrant informal design scene. We look forward to sharing that experience with the world – come what may – now, in 2014 and beyond.”

According to Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect; ‘It is a strong and diverse bid that tells a compelling story about our design capacity as a city and country. It also identifies an opportunity where Dublin can be a test bed for new ideas which address local need, yet have global relevance. These are difficult times and our bid challenges us to adapt, recover and grow; showing how design can make a difference in Dublin and Ireland”.

(c) The Good News Times 2011

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