About Us

The Organizers:
Design Week México

In 2015, Design Week Mexico and the Government of Mexico City bid for the designation of World Design Capital. DWM then becomes the WDC 2018 Organizing Committee.

Founded in 2009, DWM is the first event in Mexico dedicated to the Mexican creative industries. Building the most influential design scene in Mexico and Latin America through a diverse programing with networking platforms for the creative community with some of the most important actors in the cultural, educational, commercial and governmental spheres.

Since its first edition, DWM has sought to empower the work of Mexican designers, architects and creative professionals. DWM highlights the resurgence of Mexico City as a city of the 21st Century through reflective design, collaborative business practices and community engagement.

The Designation

March 2015

Mexico City’s bid to the World Design Organization

DWM puts together Mexico City’s bid for WDC 2018. Starting from the importance of design in the the future of cities, the potential of this professional field and the relationship within the creative community; DWM showcased success stories in urban regeneration, mobility and sustainability strategies of the Mexico City Government, as well as individual and independent projects of the local creative community.

The application also featured Mexico City’s cultural infrastructure; as well as its wide offering in the academic preparation of professionals in design, architecture, urban planning, public policy and visual arts. The application was reviewed by members of the WDC 2018 Selection Committee, which included Mugendi M'Rithaa, President Elect; Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto; Luyanda Mpahlwa, Design Director at Africa Space; Abigail Posner, Head of Strategic Planning, Google; and Wen-Je Ko, Mayor of the City of Taipei.

July 2015

Mexico City is shortlisted for World Design Capital 2018

WDO announces the shortlisted cities, Curitiba, Brazil; and Mexico City, Mexico.
The city of Curitiba is recognized worldwide for its investment in mobility and sustainability infrastructure; implementing programs such as the first network of dedicated bus lanes; a peripheral network of interconnected urban parks; pedestrian zones in the city center, among many others.

June 2015

WDC 2018 Selection Committee visit to Mexico City

As part of the selection process for World Design Capital, a city inspection was carried out by two members of the WDC 2018 Organizing Committee, the WDO Secretary General, Dilki de Silva; and the Design Idea Director and past WDO board member, Prof. Nils Toft.

In this visit, DWM presented the vision for 2018 and revealed the main theme to explore:"Socially Responsible Design". Meetings were also held with offices of the Mexico City Government, including the Ministry of Environment, the Authority of Public Space, the Social Communication office, among others.

DWM also managed meetings with some of its main allies in the private sector and key figures in the local creative community. Here, Ms. de Silva and Prof. Toft witnessed first-hand the programs that Mexico City is implementing in terms of design and creative production in urban regeneration projects, such as the rescue of the Bosque de Chapultepec; mobility networks such as the EcoBici program; and the development of the city brand "CDMX" and its impact in terms of the identity of the city and its inhabitants.

September 2015
October 2015

World Design Capital Mexico City 2018

Upon return from city inspections, the WDC 2018 Selection Committee integrated by Prof. Mugendi M'Rithaa, WDO President; Dr. Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto; Dr. Luyanda Mpahlwa, Design Director Space Africa; Abagail Posner, Director of Strategies at Google; and Wen-je Ko, Mayor of the City of Taipei; discusses the applications of the finalist cities at the WDO headquarters in Montreal, Canada.

In September, a call is received by Dilki de Silva at the offices of DWM giving us the news that the Mexico City had won the designation to become World Design Capital 2018. This is where the preparation for the official announcement and unveiling of WDC 2018 at the 59th WDO General Assembly to be held in Gwangju, South Korea during the month of October begins. Representing Mexico City, Jorge Vázquez, Marketing Director of the Tourism Ministry of the Mexico City; and Marco Coello, Co-Founder of Design Week Mexico travel to South Korea to receive the designation.

The next day, in Mexico City, the victory was announced during the opening of DWM’s 7th edition at the Museo Tamayo by the Mexico City Mayor, Miguel Ángel Mancera; and DWM Director, Emilio Cabrero.

January 2016

First Orientation Meeting

As part of the development and management of the project, the first WDC 2018 Orientation Meeting is held at the WDO offices in Montreal, Canada. At this meeting, WDO presented the first planning and development requirements to the WDC 2018 Local Organizing Committee (DWM), including the organization of the first Signature Event, the Signature Ceremony, which would be held in Mexico City as its formal acceptance of the designation.

March 2016

WDC Signing Ceremony

On March 8, 2016, the WDC 2018 Signing Ceremony takes place at the Museo de la Ciudad de México. It’s here that the Mexico City Mayor, Miguel Ángel Mancera; and the WDO President, Prof. Mugendi M'Rithaa, sign the official acceptance of Mexico City as World Design Capital 2018 together with the then Secretary of Tourism of Mexico City, Miguel Torruco Marqués and Emilio Cabrero, Director of Design Week Mexico.

Other attendees included Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, General Coordinator of the Mexico City International Affairs office, José Luis Cortés, President of the College of Architects of Mexico City; and Mrs. María Laura Medina de Salinas, President of the DWM Board, as well as members of the diplomatic corps, private industry, the creative community and the media.

March 2016
November 2017

Work Sessions

After the WDC Signing Ceremony, and as part of the development of the 2018 program, different periodic meetings are held:

  1. Orientation meetings in Mexico City and Montreal between WDO and the WDC 2018 Local Organizing Committee.
  2. Working meetings with city government offices including the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Environment, the Public Space Authority and the City Lab.
  3. Working meetings with universities to develop a local inter-university program.
  4. Working meetings with the most representative museums.
  5. Working meetings organized by the City Lab with leaders from the fields of design, architecture, urbanism, and art.

World Design Organization (WDO)

The World Design Organization (WDO), formerly known as the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), is an international non-governmental organization that promotes the profession of industrial design and its ability to generate better products, systems, services, and experiences; better business and industry; and ultimately a better environment and society. From 12 founding professional design associations in 1957, WDO has grown to include over 140 member organizations from 40 nations, engaging them in collaborative efforts and providing them with the opportunity to be heard internationally.

Members approved a motion at the last general assembly in October 2015 to renew the vision and mission and to change the name of the organization to World Design Organization. A new visual identity was unveiled on 29 June for World Industrial Design Day 2016, and the new name took effect on 1 January 2017 as we launch our 60th anniversary celebrations. WDO has United Nations Special Consultative Status.


The World Design Capital program began in 2008 with the designation of the city of Torino, Italy; followed by Seoul, South Korea in 2010; Helsinki, Finland in 2012; Cape Town, South Africa in 2014; and Taipei, Taiwan in 2016. See Also:

Lille Metropole
Legacy websites for WDC 2014
WDC Taipei 2016