Today the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) announced the shortlist for 2014's World Design Capital. The selections are for the fourth WDC appointment, the first three being Torino (2008), Seoul (2010) and Helsinki (2012). Nominations are reviewed based on individual approaches towards design in their cities and also how the teams convey the impact of these on the various aspects of social, cultural and economic life.
The next step in the process leading up to the final selection of the 2014 WDC designation is the city visits that will be conducted in July 2011 by members of the WDC Organising Committee. These site inspections will enable further information to be gathered in an attempt to provide the WDC Selection Committee with a more thorough understanding of the proposed programmes by each of the shortlisted cities prior to the final selection in August 2011.