Special Report 2
A Blueprint for a Better Future Life in Taipei
World Design Capital Taipei 2016 – the Fifth in the World
“Now we announce that the appointment of the World Design Capital 2016 is awarded to the City of Taipei!” The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) made the official announcement on November 19, 2013 (Taipei time.) So far, only four other cities have had the honor to host this event. Taipei is the second Asian city after Seoul, Korea that was selected. As 2014 happens to be the 130th Anniversary of Taipei, such an honor is the best present for the city. On the evening of November 19, Taipei 101 displayed the phrases “World Design Capital Taipei 2016” and “Adaptive Taipei City 2016” in bright colors to share the honor and joy with the citizens of the city.
Judges Stunned by Bid Book in Dragon Scale Binding + Red Dot Award-Winning Bid Video
The Icsid conduct the selection once every two years. The bid book from Taipei was presented in a unique fusion of traditional and innovative design of “Dragon Scale Binding.” Traditional Chinese dragon scales were stacked up in layers and extended in an orderly way to form a complete picture in which the symbol of every exceptional design in Taipei, as well as its energy and aspect were displayed. The 7-minute bid video combined animations with new and old city maps, while celebrated artists, including Lin Hwai-min, Chu Ming, and Tong Yang-tze also appeared in the film to show their support. The video won the 2013 German Red Dot Communication Design Award. Meanwhile, the Icsid judges also visited Taipei in September 2013 to check out the city. Afterwards, Icsid expressed that Taipei’s design power and vitality were compliant with all the requirements to be the World Design Capital and, therefore, the city deserved to win the honor of World Design Capital 2016.
World Design Capital Taipei 2016 to be a Collective Reform Campaign
To make the objectives of the World Design Capital stand out, the Taipei City Government has consolidated all existing urban development plans and added in a new thinking and resources. The 6 large integrated demonstration projects, in which design is incorporated, include:
World Design Capital Taipei 2016 to Fulfill Citizens’ Expectations through Design
Since Taipei began the bid for the World Design Capital designation in 2011, “Adaptive City: Design in Motion” has been the main theme of the campaign in the hope of using design to build a better city. In 2012, Taipei launched the “Design Thinking Course Series,” the first in the country, for bureau and department chiefs and higher-level officials to promote design thinking throughout the hierarchy of the municipal government.
In the past two years, the bureaus and departments of the Taipei City Government have invited specialists from different fields and private citizens to collaboratively introduce design in city policies and administration. So far, more than 645 sessions of inter-discipline design workshops and brainstorming meetings have been held, and over 800 design workers and inter-disciplinary personnel attended them. Through 24 “bottom-up” stir design projects and the incorporation of 17 “top-down” public policy by design projects and inclusion of “design” in public affairs was extended to allow designers to maximize their participation. For Taipei, the most important objective of the bid for the World Design Capital designation was to carry out a substantive reform.
The Title of World Design Capital Increases Taipei’s International Visibility and Numbers of Foreign Visitors
In the past, cities winning the World Design Capital title not only made efforts to build the right environment to facilitate the development of the design industry, but also applied design thinking to come up with solutions for urban problems in order to upgrade their international visibility and attract investors and creative individuals. The spirit behind Taipei’s Adaptive City is to make good use of limited resources in order to pursue innovative city governance and excellence. Despite economic slumps across the globe, Taipei is determined to use design to transform the city.
Cities Never Stop Moving Forward
To be a modern city, besides implanting in the public the concept that environmental protection is not a temporary issue, the city also has to move towards the future. The government needs insights and determination to implement related policies to make the public aware of the significance of urban development in the next ten or twenty years. In recent years, Taipei has begun to enforce measures for the city’s sustainable development. These include the concept of the “Urban Regeneration Station” which has become an important seed of culture and creativity, the establishment of the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park to introduce design into the public service system, and recycling of natural resources. Design is more than just a kind of aesthetics in life. Undoubtedly, Taipei will become a fine city in twenty years. Therefore, the path to World Design Capital 2016 will also lead Taipei to become an “Adaptive City.”