Curitiba and Mexico City make the World Design Capital shortlist

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) recently announced that the design-effective cities of Curitiba (Brazil) and Mexico City (Mexico) have been shortlisted to become World Design Capital® 2018.

“The WDC designation showcases design’s inextricable role in the solutions economy,” said Icsid President-elect and member of the WDC Selection Committee, Mugendi M’Rithaa. “Both Curitiba and Mexico City have demonstrated innovative, design-led city development plans to address urban challenges and create a better world for their citizens.”

Previous designations include Torino (Italy) in 2008, Seoul (South Korea) in 2010, Helsinki (Finland) in 2012 and Cape Town (South Africa) in 2014. Taipei will be World Design Capital 2016.

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Private Garden in Ortonovo, Italy by Giuseppe Lunardini

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When an entrepreneur who works in the marble business gave me the chance to design the garden for his brand new house up on the hills of Ortonovo, close to the Mediterranean coast, I suddenly knew I would reflect his personality in a carved landscape.

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I applied all the design principles I have learned from Porcinai’s School of Florence and did my best to design a garden in perfect harmony with this territory, as if it was the missing piece of a bigger puzzle.

The whole property is 6.200 square metres, including an olive grove. I created a series of green rooms such as the swimming pool area, the outdoor kitchen, the entrance garden and the parking area which are designed and planned close to the building but get more natural and more nuanced as you move away from the house.

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#Bamboo – Urban Metamorphosis | Genoa, Italy | OAM Architecture

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The design concept provides the formation of a public space for all new “identity” : a green area, sustainable where everyone can meet up , lie down, play , study, work, dance, relax, contemplate the beauty of the visual and sensory seascape , learn, educate children, cooking, farming and self- built over the overpass of Genoa.

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STUDENT PROJECT | Genoa Green Infrastructure | Alessandro Vino

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The project developed a design idea for an elevated bike infrastructure in Genoa’s east Valley, known as Val Bisagno. The valley has been named after the seasonal stream that rushes through it, nowadays the area is one of Genoa’s busiest urban periphery, with 130.000 inhabitants and two major issues:
1) The recurring floods of the seasonal stream.
2) The lack of sustainable mobility plans.

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Bosco Verticale/Vertical Forest | Milan Italy | Boeri Studio

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The Vertical Forest project aims to build high-density tower blocks with trees within the city. The first example of a Vertical Forest is currently under construction in Milan in Porta Nuova Isola area, part of a larger redevelopment project developed by Hines Italia with two towers which are 80 metres and 112 metres tall respectively, and which will be able to hold 480 big and medium size trees, 250 small size trees, 11.000 groundcover plants and 5.000 shrubs (the equivalent of a hectare of forest).

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