In 2015, Design Week México and the Government of Mexico City achieved the designation of CDMX as World Design Capital. That is when DWM becomes the Organizing Committee of WDC CDMX 2018.

Founded in 2009, DWM is the first event dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of Mexican creative industries in the country. Building the most influential design scene in Mexico and Latin America

through content of demanding quality on its various meeting platforms for the creative community with the most important actors in the cultural, educational, commercial and governmental spheres.

Since its first edition, DWM seeks to enhance the work of Mexican designers, architects and creative professionals, DWM highlights the resurgence of CDMX as a 21st century city through thoughtful design, collaborative business practices and community commitment.

March 2015

DWM enters CDMX’s candidacy for WDC 2018 before the World Design Organization (WDO). Under the premise of the importance that design currently has in the construction of the future of cities, this application highlighted the potential of this professional niche in our city and the close relationship it has with creative production; showing success stories in urban regeneration, mobility and sustainability strategies, as well as the individual and independent work of creative community projects.

The application also showed the infrastructure and cultural offering of CDMX; as well as its wide academic offer in the preparation of professionals in design, architecture, urban planning, visual arts, etc. The application was studied by members of the WDC 2018 Selection Committee, which included Mugendi M’Rithaa,

President Elect WDO; Meric Gertler, President Meric Gertler; Luyanda Mpahlwa, Director Design Space Africa; Abigail Posner, Google Strategic Planning; and Wen-Je Ko, Mayor Taipei.

,June 2015

WDO announces the finalist cities, Curitiba, Brazil; and Mexico City.

The city of Curitiba is recognized worldwide for its investment in mobility and sustainability infrastructure;

implementing programs such as the first dedicated bus lane network; a peripheral network of interconnected urban parks; pedestrian zones within different parts of the city, among many more

June 2015

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

During this exploratory visit, work tables were held where the guiding theme for the CDMX program towards 2018 was presented for the first time: “Socially Responsible Design”. Initiatives and projects under development by the CDMX Government were also presented, including the Ministry of the Environment, the Public Space Authority, the Social Communication office, among others.

DWM also managed meetings with the main allies of the private industry and the creative community of the city. 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 works, such as rescuing them from the Second Section of the Chapultepec Forest; the mobility network such as the EcoBici system; and the development of the “CDMX” city brand and its impact in terms of the identity of the city and its inhabitants.

September 2015
October 2015
CDMX: WDC 2018

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

In September a call is received from Mrs. Dilki de Silva to the DWM offices giving us the news that CDMX had won the designation of World Design Capital 2018. This

is where the management and preparation for the announcement and unveiling of WDC 2018 begins during the 59th WDO General Assembly that would take place held in Gwangju, South Korea during the month of October.

January 2016

As part of the development and management of the project under the supervision of the WDO, the first Orientation Meeting for WDC 2018 is held at the WDO offices in Montreal, Canada. At this meeting, WDO presents to the WDC 2018 Organizing Committee (DWM) the first planning and development requirements, including the organization of the first Signature Event, the Signing Ceremony, which would take place in Mexico City as formal acceptance of the appointment from the city.

March 2016

On March 8, 2016, the WDC 2018 Signing Ceremony takes place at the Mexico City Museum. It is here where the Head of Government, Dr. Miguel Ángel Mancera; and the President of the WDO, Prof. Mugendi M’Rithaa, sign the designation of CDMX as World Design Capital 2018 together with the then Secretary of Tourism of CDMX, Lic. Miguel Torruco Marqués and the Director of Design Week México, Architect Emilio

The presidium that accompanies and witnesses this ceremony was made up of Eng. Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, General Coordinator of International Affairs of CDMX; Architect José Luis Cortés, President of the College of Architects of CDMX; and Mrs. 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.

March 2016
November 2017

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

Orientation Meetings in CDMX and Montreal between the WDO team and the WDC 2018 Organizing Committee.
Working meetings with offices and entities 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.
Academic linkage to develop a local inter-university program.
Cultural links with the most representative museums of the local and federal government, as well as private ones.
Working groups managed from the City Laboratory with actors from the field of design, architecture, urban planning and art as well as with the most important cultural and academic institutions in the country, both public and private.

World Design Organization (WDO)

The World Design Organization is an international non-governmental organization that promotes design as a discipline that helps improve people’s quality of life. WDO is made up of 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 from around the world can stay in touch, share common interests, their experiences and thus be heard as a powerful voice.

The main objective of the organization is to advance the discipline of design internationally through a series of initiatives to support the effectiveness of design in an attempt to address the needs of people, improve their quality of life, as well as help improve the economy and social development of their cities.