The government of Finland has announced that it will support the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project with EUR 5 million five million, providing that the participating cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti also provide EUR 6 million for the project .
The Finnish Government sees the WDC Helsinki 2012 project as an important opportunity to enhance the nation’s competitiveness and to improve public services through user-driven innovation policy, according to Mauri Pekkarinen, Finland’s Minister for Economic Affairs. He believes that Helsinki’s selection as the World Design Capital 2012 gives a strong signal to the world about the high level of Finnish design know-how.
Design is viewed as a broad concept that includes industrial design, urban planning, architecture, the development of services, digital content and services as well as strategic design for meeting social challenges. Pekkarinen hopes that the importance of design will also reach to everyday services like a visit to the health centre.
Helsinki beat 30 other international cities as it was declared the World Design Capital 2012 together with the cities of Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen ja Lahti by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) and The International Design Alliance (IDA). Icsid was particularly impressed with Helsinki’s concept of “embedding design in life.” “Helsinki can show the rest of the world how design can permeate society,” said Icsid President Mark Breitenberg in Helsinki this week.
Source: Ministry of Employment and the Economy