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  • ‘WDC World Design Cities Summit’ to kick off on Feb. 23

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    The ‘WDC World Design Cities Summit’ will be held on Feb. 23 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Seoul with the mayors and representatives from major cities around the world attending.

    Under the theme of ‘Design and Cities: Designing a Competitive City for the 21st Century,’ the summit is one of official events organized by Seoul City to mark the city’s appointment as the World Design Capital 2010.

    So far, 31 cities around the world – 11 cities in Europe, 13 in Asia, five in America and two in Africa – have been scheduled to participate in the summit. These cities have made strenuous efforts to advance and grow through design. In particular, attention for the design initiative is growing in China, with representatives from eight cities in China slated to attend the summit.

    At the summit, one of the most influential futurists in Europe and various mayors of global cities will discuss the notable progress in design development policies being made in their cities and the link between design and urban development.

    On the first day of the summit, on Feb. 23, Matthias Horx, one of the most influential futurists in Europe, will give a keynote speech on the theme of ‘Design and the Future: How Design Changes the World.’

    On the second day of the summit, on Feb. 24, world intellectuals will hold a special session under the theme of ‘Design & Future Cities.’ Among the intellectuals for this special session are Lee Eo-ryeong, a former culture minister of South Korea, Chris Wainwright, dean of the School of Art at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and Chen Dongliang, director of the Beijing Industrial Design Center.

    On the morning of Feb. 24, participating mayors and representatives will hold the Mayor’s Round Table to summarize the results of the summit and adopt a ‘Declaration of Seoul Design City’ that will provide the best strategies for cities to develop through design.

    As the World Design Capital for 2010, Seoul City plans to raise its global profile as a design-focused city throughout the WDC World Design Cities Summit (http://wdcseoulsummit.kr). Meanwhile, the city plans to promote its brand as a design city by holding a variety of design-related events and exhibitions in 2010.