Thanks to combined efforts, urgent requests and loads of stoic patience, Sydney lodged a bid in Montreal overnight to be declared World Design Capitalin 2020.
Today and tomorrow, a select group of Sydney’s design community will host Dilki de Silva, Secretary General of the World Design Organisation and Gianfranco Zaccai, chair of the selection panel, in a move to begin the official evaluation stage and further plead our case to be awarded the World Design Capital title.
For the occasion, the committee are putting together a 2-day itinerary that both puts the city in context, and places a focus on our bid. A big part of this is showing the solid support we have behind from across Sydney and across sectors.
Committee member and architect Tim Horton notes that: “A special thanks to the guys at Frost* Collective who have crafted a bid document that embodies the Sydney we know – grounded in colours of ochre, eucalyptus and coastal-blue; supported by your work that shows Sydney-siders come in many shapes, sizes and backgrounds but all share our blue waters, green space and big sky.”
He further emphasises that, “Thanks to your collective efforts we have around 70,000 words that showcase design across all scales and disciplines,” says committee member and architect, Tim Horton. “We also have a detailed summary of Sydney’s emergency management procedures, a thorough explanation of the transport networks and a handy inventory of hotel choices across the metro area. Additionally we’ve begun the process of weaving the narrative that emerged at the January workshop in to the theme, and the program.