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Ten days to change the world

Published by Sarah Bradbury, May 17, 2016.

Interior designers and members of the international design community are invited to take part in the World Design Summit Congress in Montreal from October 16-25, 2017. The deadline for the call for speakers is: Friday, July 29, 2016.

The Summit’s theme is both an invitation and a challenge: 10 days to change the world.

What are the ideas that will allow design to reinvent the future? How does design in all its facets respond to the great issues of our times? These are the main questions that will drive discussions during the Summit.

It encourages presentations and papers that promote collective and participative conversations on the value of design and its capacity to help bring about a better future.

The Summit is looking for presentations and projects aligned with the following six transdisciplinary themes:

  • Design and participation: democracy, collaboration and culture
  • Design for Earth: beyond the human/nature dichotomy
  • Design and beauty: quality of life, well-being and ethics
  • Design for sale? consumption, commodities and the common good
  • Design and transformation: changes, territories and networks
  • Design and extremes: climate, politics and migrations

The detailed procedure for submitting a proposal is available at

The 2017 World Design Summit and Congress will include a conference and a world congress, as well as an exhibition, with contributions from leading design organizations from around the world. Some 30,000 delegates and visitors from over 80 nations are expected for the event.

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