The World Design Organization (WDO) has announced that the City of Hyderabad in India has been selected to host the next WDO World Design Assembly (the Assembly) in October 2019.
Under the theme Humanizing Design, WDO’s 31st Assembly will be held in tandem with a five-day local design event organized by the India Design Forum, which will include installations, interventions, exhibitions and workshops that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives.
“In the context of WDO’s recently adopted World Design Agenda, the City of Hyderabad presented an outstanding proposal, with numerous opportunities to position design as a critical tool for addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said WDO President Luisa Bocchietto. “We look forward to working with the Government of Telangana and the local design community to elevate the role of design in creating inclusive, resilient, and sustainable cities.”
As part of the selection process, WDO reviewed different bids, examining each city’s working style, capacity to host a large-scale international event, ability to rally the wider design community and its citizens, as well as the relevance of the parallel design event theme and its application in both a local and global setting.
WDO’s World Design Assembly is held biennially, bringing together the organization’s leadership, membership and external stakeholders to discuss key issues affecting the industry, guide the future of the organization, and explore the ways design can contribute to the international development agenda. More details about the Assembly’s exact dates and programme will be made available on WDO’s website in the coming months.