In 2015, Design Week México and the Government of Mexico City won the designation to make Mexico City World Design Capital for 2018. DWM then becomes WDC’s Organizing Committee.
Established in 2009, DWM is the first organization dedicated to promoting the Mexican creative industries. Since then, DWM has become the leading platform in design for Mexico and Latin America though a diverse program that brings the creative community closer to the most important figures in the cultural, academic, business and governmental spheres.
Since its first edition, DWM seeks to promote the work of designers, architects and Mexican creative professionals. DWM heightens Mexico City’s rebirth as a city for the 21st Century through thought provoking design, collaborative work efforts and community engagement.
DWM submits Mexico City’s bid as WDC 2018 to the World Design Organization (WDO). Highlighting the importance of design in the future of cities, Mexico City’s bid showcased the potential of its creative industries through success stories implemented in urban regeneration, mobility strategies, and sustainability, as well as individual and independent projects of the creative community.
The bid also highlighted the cultural infrastructure of the city, as well as its extensive academic offerings in the fields of design, architecture, urban planning, visual arts, etc. The bid was reviewed by members of the WDC 2018 Selection Committee that included WDO President Elect, Prof. Mugendi M’Rithaa; Meric Gertler, President of Meric Gertler; Luyanda Mpahlwa, Director of Design Space Africa; Abigail Posner, Strategic Planning Director at Google; and Wen-Je Ko, Mayor of Taipei.
WDO announces the two city finalists for WDC 2018: Mexico City and Curitiba, Brazil.
The city of Curitiba is renown worldwide for its mobility and environment infrastructure, implementing programs such as the first dedicated bus-lane, an urban interconnected park grid, car-free areas in the city’s downtown and much more
As part of the selection process for World Design Capital, city inspections are undertaken by two WDC 2018 Selection Committee envoys, WDO Secretary General, Dilki de Silva; and WDO Board Member and Design Idea Director, Prof. Nils Toft. In this visit, Mexico City announced its programming views towards socially responsible design. The WDC 2018 Selection Committee envoys were also shown initiatives and projects by City Government offices including the Environment Secretary (Secretaría de Medio Ambiente), the Public Space Authority (Autoridad de Espacio Público), the City Communication Office (Comunicación Social), among others.
DWM also organized meetings with its main allies in the private sector and members from the creative community giving the WDC 2018 Selection Committee envoys a first hand account on the city’s design agenda including urban regeneration projects, such as the Bosque de Chapultepec regeneration, the public bike sharing system, and the development of the CDMX city brand.
Returning from the city inspections, the WDC 2018 Selection Committee envoys relay their account to Selection Committee Members Prof. Mugendi M’Rithaa, WDO President Elect; Dr. Meric Gertler, University of Toronto President; Dr. Luyanda Mpahlwa, Design Space Africa Director; Abagail Posner, Strategy Director at Google; and Wen-je Ko, Mayor of Taipei; who deliberated on the city bids in WDO Headquarters in Montreal, Canada.
In September, the DWM offices receive a call by WDO Secretary General, Dilki de Silva, giving the news that Mexico City had won the designation as World Design Capital 2018.
It is then where the management and preparation for the announcement and unveiling of WDC 2018 begins during the 59th WDO General Assembly to be held in Gwangju, South Korea during the month of October. In representation of the CDMX the Mtro. Jorge Vázquez, Director of Marketing of the Ministry of Tourism of the CDMX; and Architect Marco Coello, Co-Founder of Design Week Mexico
A few days later, at the CDMX, the appointment was announced during the inauguration of DWM at the Tamayo Museum by the Head of Government, Dr. Miguel Ángel Mancera; and the Director of Design Week Mexico, the Architect Emilio Cabrero
As part of the development and management of the project under the supervision of the WDO, the first Guidance Meeting for WDC 2018 is held at the WDO offices in Montreal, Canada. At this meeting, WDO presents the WDC 2018 Organizing Committee (DWM) with the first planning and development requirements, including the organization of the first Signature Event, the Signing Ceremony, to be held in Mexico City as formal acceptance of the appointment from the city..
On March 8, 2016, the 2014 WDC Signing Ceremony will be held at the Museum of Mexico City. This is where the Head of Government, Dr. Miguel Ángel Mancera; and WDO President Prof. Mugendi M'Rithaa sign the designation of the CDMX as World Design Capital 2018 along with the then Secretary of Tourism of the CDMX, Mr. Miguel Torruco Marqués and the Director of Design Week Mexico, the Architect Emilio Cabrero. The presidium that accompanies and testifies to this ceremony was formed by Eng. Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, General Coordinator of International Affairs of CDMX;
Arch. José Luis Cortés, President of the Colegio de Arquitectos of the CDMX; and Ms. María Laura Medina de Salinas, Honorary President of the DWM Council. As well as members of the diplomatic corps, private industry, the creative community and the media.
Following the WDC 2018 Signature Ceremony, as part of the program's construction, various periodic meetings are held: 1) Orientation Meetings at CDMX and Montreal between the WDO team and the WDC 2018 Organizing Committee; 2) Working meetings with offices and instances of the Government of Mexico City including the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of the Environment, the Public Space Authority and the Laboratory for the City; 3) Academic linkage to develop a local inter-university program;
4) Cultural linkage with the most representative museums of local and federal government, as well as private; 5) Work tables managed from the City Laboratory with actors from the field of design, architecture, urbanism and art as well as the most important cultural and academic institutions of the country, both public and private.
The World Design Organization is an international non-governmental organization that promotes design as a discipline that helps improve the quality of life of people. WDO is formed by professional associations, societies and educational institutions that aim to promote design as a tool to improve the living conditions of cities and communities. These societies collaborate to establish an international platform through which design institutions around the world can keep in touch, share common interests, their experiences and thus be heard as a powerful voice.
The main objective of the organization is to promote the discipline of design at the international level through a series of initiatives to support design effectiveness in an attempt to meet the needs of people, improve their quality of life as well as help improve the economy and the social development of their cities.
The World Design Capital program starts in 2008 with 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.