Building Bridges

IDSA to Strengthen Connections via International Design Congress

Oct 15 2015 - 11:02am

As IDSA celebrates the increasing impact of industrial design around the globe in its 50th year, the Society will be represented at the 2015 International Design Congress from Oct. 17-23 in Gwangju, Korea by IDSA Executive Director Daniel Martinage, CAE.

Themed Eeum: Design Connects, the 29th annual International Design Congress will be hosted by the Korea Craft and Design Foundation with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism; the Korea Tourism Organization; and KIA Motors Corp. The main partners of the Congress are the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid); International Council of Design; and International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers. More than 3,000 attendees from 30 countries are expected to converge on the KDJ Convention Center at Chonnam National University. 

The Korean word ‘eeum’ translates into English as a ‘connector’ or ‘bridge.’ “I’m looking forward to building on a crucial connection with thinkers, researchers, practitioners and pioneers in industrial and all other fields of design,” says Martinage, on the heels of the success of IDSA’s 2015 International Conference in Seattle (#IDSASeattle15), and in advance of IDSA's 2016 International Conference in Detroit (#IDSADetroit16).

The 2015 International Design Congress will bring together unparalleled, diverse speakers in industrial, service, information, interaction, interior and many other fields of design; as well as in architecture, visual communication, marketing, typography, planning and art. “Design in this day and age is no longer the isolated entity or concept that it was in years past,” say organizers, who add that the Congress will champion design as a vital platform for integrated, open-ended collaboration, participation and discussion. “As innovation and technology continues to initiate change, design persists in an ever growing and pivotal role as connector. Design connects ideas, form, content, places and people. As a bridge, design has become a shared space and language that is spoken around the world.”

Daily themes include Open and Create; Share and Participate; and Innovate and Continue. Also at the Congress—on Oct. 19—Icsid will announce shortlisted projects for the World Design Impact Prize, recognizing and encouraging industrial design-driven projects that make a positive impact on social, economic, cultural and/or environmental quality of life. Entries from more than two dozen countries tackled global challenges such as the drinking water shortage; fossil fuel reliance; limited affordable housing; and waste disposal and recycling. The winning project will be selected by Icsid members through an anonymous voting process and announced in February 2016.

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