Socially responsible


Mexico City invites the world to live WDC CDMX 2018.

Mexico City is one of Latin America’s most creative and diverse cities; as well of one of the most prosperous in the region. A great deal of opportunities exist as a hyperconnected city, cultural capital, business capital and academic capital.

In the era of the megacities of the 21st Century, city transformation challenges should be undertaken creatively in order to give its people solutions for the future to create a sustainable coexistence. This coexistence is only possible if we take into consideration that good design is an integral part of life and its impact speaks a great deal on how we relate as a society for which it is crucial to reflect and find new responsible thinking

without borders to examine ideas and promote a new optimism towards the future for new generations to find opportunities in current challenges to better the human experience of cities and of the world.

Our planet is facing unprecedented challenges. In Latin America, over 80% of the population will live in cities by 2020. Transformation of cities into more competitive, attractive and livable cities is crucial.

Better city design = better quality of life.


Together we must rethink the future towards a new solutions economy connecting the dots between design, economy, education, innovation, culture and cities. This way we can generate a sustainable future planting the seeds for a more equitable, diverse and transparent society.


The main objective of the WDC CDMX 2018 programming is to generate a network of knowledge and exchange, inviting leading countries in design and creative thinking to share their experiences and best practices generating a dialogue between the creative community, business leaders and government representatives. By offering a vast range of activities, exhibits, conferences, panels, installations, documentaries

we’ll start a conversation and community interactions promoting the importance of design in everyday life and its fundamental role in society.

These collaborations promote initiatives of healthy competition in which creative processes enrich our community and give way to solving future challenges, without minding the scale of the project.


Design is recognized as a cultural and creative production field that has generated and promoted new interaction dynamics throughout history. At the same time, this field has faced social, cultural, political and environmental changes that have determined its development and purpose.

The present role of design has diversified. This valuable field teaches us processes that analyze and facilitate the bettering of megacities. Currently, one of the most important reflexions is on the reinvention of cities that, without exception, are faced with the challenge of constant growth and the needs of a growing society. From the design perspective, we can trace the changes needed in infrastructure, expansion and urban distribution.

With Mexico City’s designation as World Design Capital, and from the focus of socially responsible design, Mexico City joins a movement of cities, an international network that through a public program and legacy program seeks to heighten the conversation on design in its individual scale in everyday objects to its mega scale in city life. As well as actively involving professionals and communities in the planning of our shared urban future.


The four key values present in the WDC program are:

  • 1. Generate opportunities: design’s potential in economic development.

  • 2. Better quality of life: design’s role in creating better sapces and more livable cities.

  • 3. Preserve what’s valuable: conversations in cultural heritage and infrastructure to promote and protect public space.

  • 4. Transform with respect: rethink and rebuild the future from our present context.


Six main themes relating to urban challenges of the 21st Century will be addressed within the WDC CDMX 2018 program.

Facing the future’s social challenges must be a multidisciplinary effort that joins public and private sectors, as well as philanthropic organizations looking for social development through design and creativity. Rethinking our relationship with one another towards a new era of social opportunity.