Bengaluru Becomes First Indian City To Be Nominated For World Design Capital 2022 Award


Bengaluru has become the first Indian city to be nominated for the World Design Capital 2022 Award by the World Design Organization. Three citizen-based initiatives by Daily Dump, Ugly Indians, and Art in Transit were taken into consideration by the state government for nominating Bengaluru for such an award.

Formerly known as the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), the World Design Organization is an international non-governmental organization. It was founded in 1957 with the view to promote the profession of industrial design.

Bengaluru Projected As A Perfect City

Led by the Association of Designers in India-Bengaluru Chapter, the team putting up the proposal comprises of 10 designers. In his tweet, the Principal Secretary, IT-BT, Gaurav Gupta said, “Proud of this development – #Bengaluru shortlisted as World Design Capital. This gives a major fillip to efforts by various organizations and individuals in the field of #Design. Congrats all who worked to make this happen!”

Founder Geeta Narayanan, Director of Shrishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology which is one of the 10 member designer team said that not only have they projected the city as a perfect one but also as a protopolis. It suggests that life quality in the city will be improved through prototype design-led interventions.

Award To Be Announced In Hyderabad

In the proposal, the team of designers has projected the IT city of India as a metropolis and the claim has been supported with different examples from various streams such as solid waste management, traffic, and transportation. As per the reports, the World Design Organization will announce the results in October in Hyderabad. The work to make the city smarter under this recognition will begin from 2020 and will continue till 2025.  

According to a government official, “Many projects under many names have been undertaken to improve Bengaluru. This will be one more initiative to push government agencies to strive more in improving the city. Also, since international recognition will be drawn, it will make people more conscious and aware of improving Bengaluru.”



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