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International Council of Societies of Industrial Design hands over the World Design Capital title from Helsinki to Cape Town and opens the call for 2016

Published by Alexandra Tichinoff, December 21, 2012.

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) announced the conclusion of Helsinki's official World Design Capital 2012 year. International guests gathered in the iconic Finlandia Hall on November 29, 2012, to commemorate Helsinki's successful yearlong program at the closing summit. Guests were also there to witness the handover of the World Design Capital title to Cape Town, South Africa during the convocation ceremony later that same evening.

The ceremony culminated in Icsid's announcement of the official opening of the 2016  bid process. Applications are being accepted from cities until 30 April 2013, with the World Design Capital 2016 city to be announced at the International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress in Istanbul, Turkey in November 2013.

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