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World Design Capital VALENCIA

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The magnificent Spanish city of Valencia is the ninth location to join a select collection of global cities and be named World Design Capital® 2022. It follows in the footsteps of Lille Metropole, Mexico City, Taipei, Cape Town, Helsinki, Seoul and Torino, all of which have been celebrated bi-annually since 2008. Straddling the Mexico and USA border, San Diego and Tijuana have been named for 2024.

Designers bear an enormous responsibility for the quality of life of humans on the planet. When it comes to cities, architecture also directly impacts other forms of life. Thankfully, with climate, natural resources, interaction with nature, ecology and well-being ever more in the spotlight, city environments are being far more scrutinised than ever before.

With its 365 days, the year 2022 is a mere blink of an eye on the scale of evolution. Events will bring professionals together, spotlight many elements and aspects of design, prompt interaction and change as well as possible discourse for the greater good.

As a city, the contrast of styles is ever-present, available to scrutiny by local or expat residents and visitors alike. The juxtaposition of historical, bland and contemporary buildings is ever-present. Green spaces sit well beside concrete plazas while narrow pedestrian and residential streets nestle alongside wide, tree-lined avenues. 

Beyond bricks and mortar, the artistic qualities are, and have been, visible for a very long time. Graffiti comes in all sizes, styles and colours. Add placards, posters and the Fallas statues to the mix, then Valencia is surely a more than worthy host.

By Vincent Green, Dec 31 2022

Edificio Consorcio Valencia 2007

Moll de la Duana, s/n
46024 València

+34 960 623 180

WDC VALENCIA EXHIBITS

An expansive programme of activities to explore València from the perspective of design can be viewed on the "Happenings" page. Photo © World Design Organization.

WDC VALENCIA EVENTS

An expansive programme of activities to explore València from the perspective of design can be viewed on the "Happenings" page. Photo © World Design Organization.