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Helsinki awarded as 2012’s World Design Capital

Published by Julia Salerno, November 29, 2011.

The World Design Capital (WDC) is a city promotion project that celebrates the merits of design. Held biennially, it seeks to highlight the accomplishments of cities that are truly leveraging design as a tool to improve the social, cultural and economic life of cities, throughout a year-long program of design-related events. Helsinki, Finland was selected as the 2012 WDC and Cape Town, South Africa was awarded the 2014 WDC.

With more than half the world's population now living in urban areas, cities are facing dramatic changes in how they adapt to their rising populations and effectively provide for the businesses that feed their economic growth. The future success of each city is therefore largely reliant on those who plan, design and manage the shared spaces and functions of their city. WDC strives to bring attention to those cities who are leveraging design. For more information on World Design Capital, visit or for more information on programs in Helsinki, visit

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