Turn design inside out

Supporters

City and County Managers - John Tierney, Owen Keegan, Joe Horan, David O’Connor

We are very pleased to participate in the Bid process for the World Design Capital in 2014 and we commend Icsid for their foresight in developing this designation. We also welcome the holistic approach taken to design and the compatibility of this approach with the Dublin Bid.

National policy in Ireland recognizes that “creativity and design are key drivers of innovation, which is in turn a key driver of productivity growth”1, reiterating a consensus at European level on the “strong positive correlation between the use of design and national competitiveness.”2 The recent ‘Amsterdam Declaration’ urges EU Member States to implement systems and policies which foster the creative industries and unlock their potential towards the rejuvenation of Europe’s economy. This is about the design of systems, practices and services as much as the traditional design of ‘things’. In Dublin we are putting our city and county under the microscope to assess the challenges ahead after fifteen years of unprecedented economic prosperity. To do this we are involving the people of the city and promoting “design in the everyday”.

Much has been spoken and written also about the need to develop Ireland as a Smart Economy3 and the key role the creative industries can play in achieving this. For the World Design Capital bid to contribute to the development of Ireland as a Smart Economy would be a huge success in itself.

Designers represent an economic and cultural force in an era where the future of advanced countries rests on creativity and innovation, at home and abroad. That is why it is timely that Dublin and Ireland articulates its design capacity and potential through this Bid process. In doing so, we make a compelling bid for World Design Capital designation.

We, the Dublin City and County Managers, on behalf of our respective local authorities, declare our commitment to working within the framework of the Bid proposal to ensure the success of Dublin as World Design Capital 2014.

John Tierney
Dublin City Manager

Owen Keegan
Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown County Manager

Joe Horan
South Dublin County Manager

David O’Connor
Fingal County Manager

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A letter from the office of the Taoiseach - Mr. Enda Kenny T.D.

Letter of Endorsement
Dublin World Design Capital 2014

I am pleased to endorse the bid for Dublin to be the World Design Capital 2014. This contest is a very welcome initiative to promote and encourage the use of design to further the social, economic and cultural development of the world’s cities.

Ireland is a country renowned for its performance in the creative including music, literature, film and animation. A key priority for my Government is to harness these traditional strengths and direct them not only towards economic growth and job creation but also to addressing social, economic and cultural challenges, many of which are global in their scope.

Dublin is a distinctive and historic city renowned for its heritage and architecture as well as unique examples of modern and innovative design, a particular feature of our extensive infrastructural development of the past decade. Dublin is also known for an unusual warmth and friendliness not often observed in a capital city. For these reasons, it would be an ideal candidate to host the World Design Capital in 2014.

The designation if awarded would provide a valuable opportunity for us to showcase Ireland’s vibrant design and creative industries while the invigoration provided by the proposed programme of events and projects would bring a renewed excitement and vibrancy to the city building on our experience as City of Science in 2012.

I am pleased to support this initiative as a significant contribution to my Government’s ambitions for Ireland as a creative and innovative economy.

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Enda Kenny T.D.
Taoiseach

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Department of Enterprise Jobs and Innovation - Mary Hanafin

As Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, I am delighted to support Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital 2014. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Irish Designers at home and abroad, and an opportunity to explore new design ideas which address local need yet have global relevance.

I believe that the importance of design as a tool for social, cultural, economic and environmental progress cannot be overstated. In this regard, I am highly impressed by your chosen themes for the proposed programme of events in 2014:  ‘Connecting Cities’; ‘Making Cities Flow’; ‘Making Cities Lighter’; and Making Cities Smile’.

The relationship between design, innovation and competitiveness is well documented. Design as a driver and enabler of non-technological innovation complements and adds value to the traditional technological aspects of innovation. Design also acts as a conduit between science, technology and end-user by putting the user in the centre. This Department is working closely with the EU Commission and EU colleagues in relation to developing an EU Innovation Union. The Innovation Union is a flagship in the Europe 2020 Strategy published last year. Innovation
is seen as the key to building sustainable growth and fairer and greener societies.

I fully support this initiative and believe that it is a marvellous opportunity for Dublin in many different ways.

Yours sincerely,
Mary Hanafin,
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation

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Department of Transport, Sports and Tourism - Niall O Donnchu - Assistant Secretary General

I am directed by the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport to refer to the extensive discussions which she and her Department had with the team drafting Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital 2014.

The Minister and Department believe this to be a wonderful opportunity for Dublin and, furthermore, we believe that Dublin has all the attributes to make an excellent world design capital.  In combining our enduring literary, scientific and technological know-how, we believe that we can add significantly to the wonderful prominence given by previous world design capitals to design creativity and their place in today’s ever changing environment.

We support this bid and will work to ensure that the National Cultural Institutions, the Tourism Agencies and the Sports organisations under the aegis of this Department also mobilise to support both the bid and the designation should it be achieved. The Department and the Minister have no doubt from the consultation and the draft bid document, that Dublin’s approach to the design city will excel and build on its achievements of its predecessors.

The Department has no hesitation in endorsing and supporting this initiative.

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Department of Environment Community and Local Government - Martin Colreavy - Chief Architect

I refer to the various discussions between this Department and the team preparing Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital 2014.

As you know, we were delighted to provide support for this bid process through the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 Direct Grant Aid programme. The Government through this policy on architecture and the built environment seeks to promote awareness and understanding of the contribution of good design to the daily life and well-being of society as a whole. High quality design, whether in the details of the buildings we work in, or in the spaces and places that we share socially, should not be viewed as a luxury, but as a necessity in the realisation of an acceptable human environment for all.

In this context, Ireland’s Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 has placed an emphasis on sustainable development of the environment and urban design, continuing to encourage and support high quality modern architecture, incorporating cultural heritage in a holistic, integrated manner and developing actions which respond to and promote awareness in these areas.

While acknowledging there may be various mechanisms that recognise individual accomplishments in design, the World Design Capital designation is indeed unique as it aims to focus on the broader essence of design’s impact on urban spaces, economies and citizens. I believe this designation provides a distinctive opportunity for Dublin City, as a national portal, to feature Ireland’s accomplishments in attracting and promoting innovative design, as well as highlighting its previous and planned successes in urban revitalisation strategies.

The Department has no hesitation in endorsing and supporting this initiative and we look forward to seeing the outcome of this bid process, in the hope that we can further build on this engagement with all interested parties in the development of Dublin as a World Design Capital City.

May I also take this opportunity to acknowledge the dedicated involvement of your team in the wider awareness of these issues in the process to date, which I believe is a success in itself.

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Ballyfermot College of Further Education - Maureen Conway, Principal

Ballyfermot College of Further Education is delighted to support the City of Dublin in its bid for World Design Capital 2014. Established in1979, BCFE is a constituent college of the City of Dublin Vocation Education Committee. We have eight departments delivering 40 programmes from Art and Animation to Music, Media, Business, Social Care, Film and Television, Digital Media and Computer Games, Travel and Tourism and Engineering. The college draws students not only from Dublin and every county in Ireland but has students from 50 plus nationalities, from both inside and outside the EU. College graduates have achieved many successes over the years. Within the past twelve months our animation graduates have achieved two BAFTA nominations, one BAFTA win, one EMMY, four Academy Award nominations, one Academy Award, one Royal Television Society award and one Grand Prix at the 2010 Digital Media Awards. Graduates of our Rock School have been named Best Irish Female at the Meteor Music Awards and won an international singing and song writing contest in Chengdu in China.

Ireland has a long history of our people leaving to work abroad through economic necessity and to support the establishment and development of nations. We also have a strong tradition of storytelling and the creative arts. Some of our most famous artists live, work and draw their inspiration from daily life in Dublin. The city is teeming with creativity – writers, designers, actors, singers and visual artists making Dublin an ideal placed to host the World Design Capital 2014.

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Crafts Council of Ireland - Louise Allen, Education and Innovation Manager

The Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) is the national design and economic development organisation for the crafts industry in Ireland. CCoI is responsible for fostering the growth and commercial strength of the crafts industry in Ireland, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness. The Crafts Council of Ireland work in partnership with a wide range of public sector bodies and creative and cultural organisations in order to create the environment to ensure the centrality of high quality design in the development of products and the future shape and design of local and international markets.

PIVOT Dublin’s focus on real and systemic design solutions in areas that will have a significant impact and benefit on the quality of life for citizens is timely and inspiring. The bid creates a platform for co-operation and an integrated multi-layered approach to engaging in radical design solutions. The Crafts Council of Ireland supports PIVOT Dublin’s World Design Capital bid as it gives a vital impetus to and forms part of a shared vision of connectivity that will significantly impact the future of design in Ireland.

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Dóchas - Hans Zomer, Director

It might seem unusual for overseas aid agencies, but Dóchas – the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations - is happy to endorse Dublin’s bid to become World Design Capital 2014. Our 44 member organisations, and their estimated 850,000 regular supporters on the island of Ireland, are practical and very lively expressions of Ireland’s deep-felt commitment to global justice, solidarity and equality. There is a long and proud tradition, which we want to update; we want to find 21st century ways of expressing Ireland’s empathy with others and our ever closer inter-linking of cultures, economies and ways of living. As aid agencies, we are proud of – and depend on – Ireland’s ability to build relationships with people across cultural divides, and
to find our common humanity.

We are part of our nation’s, and particularly our capital Dublin’s, efforts to foster innovation and close communities of people. Our member organisations depend on good communications and on everyone’s thorough understanding of the opportunities (and challenges) of being true global citizens. And Dublin allows us to tell our stories, and reminds us of something we as aid agencies are not good at: celebrating our achievements. PIVOT Dublin, World Design Capital 2014 will be a wonderful opportunity for us to do just that.

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Dublin Chamber of Commerce - Gina Quin, Chief Executive

Dublin Chamber of Commerce is fully supportive of the bid to apply for Dublin city to be designated as a World Design Capital . Dublin Chamber has 1,300 member companies in Dublin, small and large, across all sectors.  We are one of the oldest chambers of commerce in the world, tracing our roots back to the early 1700’s.  Throughout this period, we have been committed to ensuring that the best interests of the Dublin City Region are at the forefront of our work.  On behalf of business leaders, workers and all those that live in Dublin, we are pleased to wholeheartedly support this bid.

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Dublin City University - Brian MacCraith, President

On behalf of Dublin City University (DCU), I am very happy to write in strong support of Dublin’s bid to be the World Design Capital 2014. DCU is a university that places a major emphasis on innovation, particularly where it answers a societal need or an industry-defined problem and, crucially, where it can be translated into economic benefit. It is well established that design plays a key role in innovation and I would particularly welcome Dublin’s goal of exploring “new design ideas which address local needs yet have global relevance”.

At DCU, we are making a firm commitment to prioritise such societal grand challenges in our research – issues such as enhanced healthcare, a cleaner environment, energy needs, multi-culturalism – what we call societally-oriented research. The focus of our research activity includes the development of efficient technologies to reduce electrical energy consumption, which can contribute greatly to the reduction of global carbon emissions. In addition, we are developing broader-scale projects in the Clean-Tech area. On November 22, 2010, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation & Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn came to DCU to launch ‘An tSlí Ghlas’ (The Green Way), Ireland’s First Green Economic Zone. The goal of The Green Way is to position Ireland as a centre of Clean-Tech innovation and enterprise and to develop trade partnerships with other major international green corridors such as the US East Bay Green Corridor Partnership and Lahti Clean-Tech Science Park in Finland.

DCU is Ireland’s University of Enterprise and DCU Invent (a state of the art Innovation and Enterprise Centre) is a key element of our strategy for innovation. DCU Invent was established to transform knowledge into commercial success and to provide the critical link between the university and the marketplace. DCU Invent works on the transformation of cutting edge research into innovative and commercially exploitable products and services, with purpose-built incubation space for technology-based start-up companies. The Design Capital bid is a valuable opportunity to showcase Irish design talent as well as an opportunity to explore valuable new design ideas that can effect change for the better. I am delighted to support this initiative and wish the Dublin design team the very best in their endeavours.

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Dublin Institute of Technology - John O’Connor, Head of the School of Art Design and Printing

The Dublin Institute of Technology enthusiastically supports and has actively engaged with the Dublin city World Design Capital 2014 bid. In addition to supporting the bid, Dublin Institute of Technology are members of Icsid and have run and will continue to run events such as workshops for World Industrial Design Day, which support Icsid and their partner organisations in the International Design Alliance. DIT recognises the importance that World Design Capital designation would bring to the Dublin and its environs. We have developed strong links between our students, our educational programmes and the citizens of the city through a range of community initiatives and outreach programmes. A successful bid will reinforce the contribution we are making to the city, to those people who live, work and study in Dublin and the international community who visit it. We warmly support the PIVOT Dublin submission.

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ESB - Pádraig McManus, Chief Executive

ESB, Ireland’s premier electricity utility, fully supports the Dublin bid for World Design Capital 2014 and recognises the important role that such a designation would play for the social, economic and cultural life of the city.  The key components of good design are core principles of ESB’s approach to its business and we believe that there are many synergies between the PIVOT Dublin bid and our 2020 Corporate Strategy while our global industry network links us to a vast array of innovative projects that are engaging design as a tool for development. We are a lead player in the provision of creative design solutions in the area of sustainable energy, and by 2020 will be delivering one third of our electricity from renewable generation. In addition, we have set out a timeline and targets to reach a position of net carbon neutral by 2035 – one of the first utilities in Europe to do so. Dublin as the capital city plays a fundamental role in our national society and is recognised internationally through its achievements in terms of culture, investment, literature, science and design.  ESB wishes you every success in your bid and applauds your efforts on behalf of the Dublin region and ESB. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

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Fáilte Ireland - Shaun Quinn, Chief Executive, National Tourism Development Authority

It is with very considerable interest I learned that Dublin is being considered to host the World Design Capital in 2014. Dublin has been honoured with many city designations with great success in the past and I am confident that this important and prestigious Icsid event can be hosted here with results that can satisfy all expectations. Please be assured that you and your colleagues have our full support through the Business Tourism Unit of Fáilte Ireland.

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IADT: Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology - Jim Devine, President

I am delighted to endorse the proposal to have Dublin designated as the World Design Capital for 2014. This is such an exciting prospect and offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate Dublin’s international presence as one of the most vibrant and culturally rich cities worldwide. So much of the physical and cultural landscape has been transformed during the last decade and it is no surprise that Dublin is an attractor for so many creative professionals and for the companies in the creative industries. We would like to share this with the wider world! Nurturing creative talent is key to Dublin’s development and we are happy to play our part. Since our inception in 1997, IADT has built an enviable international reputation as a centre for design education, research and expertise. With a wide range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, we have grown to more than 2,200 students, reflecting the burgeoning demand and interest in fields of design that include visual communications, design for stage and screen, CGI/digital effects, interaction design and web and multimedia design. The National Film School is a key centre of excellence at IADT, covering film, animation and TV. Our campus incubation centre, MediaCube, hosts some twenty start-ups in the creative sector and we have further links into the Digital Hub, the Government initiative to cluster creative industries development, while at the same time achieving urban renewal in the area surrounding the historic Guinness Brewery. We collaborate closely with all higher education institutions in the Dublin region and we are founding partners of the National Digital Research Centre and of the Graduate School for Creative Arts and Media. In this way we are part of a coherent platform with a shared vision for Dublin.
 
We are delighted to be associated with this proposal and will be more than happy to offer the facilities of the college and the wholehearted support of staff and students to assist in the programming and hosting of events throughout the year.  

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Intel Ireland - Brendan Cannon, Head of Corporate Affairs

We are very happy to support you in your bid to bring the World Design Capital initiative to Dublin in 2014. I can think of no better city to host this prestigious event than Dublin – our messy, vibrant, innovative, dirty ol’ town. Intel has been in Ireland, in Leixlip on the outskirts of Dublin, for more than 20 years now. Over that time our campus has grown, through the knowledge, skills and innovation of our Irish workforce, to become Intel’s largest advanced manufacturing location outside of the US and a hub for some of the most exciting technology and manufacturing research currently taking place on one of the most technologically advanced industrial campuses in Europe.

Over that proud 20 year history we have become intertwined in the scientific, social, academic and industrial life of our local community and the country and would welcome the chance to strengthen those links through our support of the Dublin World Design Capital bid. Intel worldwide pushes the boundaries of innovation so our work can make people’s lives more exciting, fulfilling, and manageable. The design of our products and our programmes plays a huge part in striving to achieve the vision of creating computing technology to connect and enrich the lives of every person on earth. We continually look for the next leap ahead – in technology, education, culture, manufacturing, and social responsibility. And in so many ways, so does Dublin…

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Ireland’s Design Organisations

The Irish are an enthusiastic and optimistic people who have an ancient relationship with culture and art. Our relationship with design is more recent – but no less enthusiastic! For such a small nation our culture and art has had a profound effect on world Culture and our design culture is following suit.

Dublin is a vibrant and exciting city with a long history. It is the capital city of our island and from an early age the relatively tranquil Irish Sea and the broad calm estuary of the river Liffey brought our ancestors out into the world and brought many visitors to our shores – engagement with others is a tradition that we cherish. Now we are connected by technology, shared thoughts and ideas, a passion for design and a belief that we can collectively change our world for the better.

Our organisations, collectively representing the design and creative community in Dublin, share a great enthusiasm for the Dublin bid to host World Design Capital 2014. We give our collective commitment to the bid team and to those who have promoted this initiative in Dublin – we extend this same unwavering commitment to those visionaries who first imagined that there could and should be a World Design Capital project that promotes and encourages “the use of design to further the social, economic and cultural development of the world’s cities”. 

Garrett Stokes, Chairperson, Design Business Ireland
Pearse McCaughey, President, The Institute of Creative Advertising & Design
Derek McGarry, President, The Institute of Designers in Ireland
Martin D Lowery, President, Engineers Ireland
Douglas Carson, President, Architectural Association of Ireland
Paul Keogh, President, The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
Dave Kirkwood, President, Irish Landscape Institute
Eddie Shanahan, Chairperson, Council of Irish Fashion Designers
Séamus Byrne, Chairperson, Interactive Design Association Dublin

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Irish Architecture Foundation - Nathalie Weadick, Director

The Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) is a public resource on architecture, a developmental agency for public engagement with architecture, an initiator of partnerships at local and national level, a deviser and programmer of inspirational architectural events designed to increase the publics’ engagement with architecture and the built environment. The IAF is a place where old ideas are challenged and new ones created, a place where architecture is not solely explored as an object focused art-form, but can be described in relation to experience, use, influence and process. The Irish Architecture Foundation believes in the power of architecture to transform people lives. PIVOT Dublin is aware of current and future needs related to architecture and design both nationally and internationally, and will use this knowledge and network to create a programme that is visionary, inspirational and can have impact on the future of design in Ireland and the people who use it.

This bid is timely, the period of excess and hyper construction has gone and what remains is a different society, a creative society, with new priorities and ultimately more opportunities for the creative industries to connect with people. We see many exciting opportunities for all of us in the period ahead. This is why we are supporting the World Design Capital bid. PIVOT Dublin represents a force that can change the future. The question is what legacy will it leave? The answer to this is our collective responsibility.

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Live Nation Ireland - Mike Adamson, Chief Executive Officer

I am the Chief Executive of Live Nation Ireland.  Live Nation is the largest live entertainment company in the world, consisting of five businesses:  concert promotion and venue operations, sponsorship, ticketing solutions, e-commerce and artist management. In Dublin we own and operate Ireland’s largest live entertainment arena “The O2” and operate Dublin’s largest touring theatre “Grand Canal Theatre”. We entertain over 1.5 million customers per annum across these two venues and 140 million customers across 21, 000 events worldwide. I am totally enthralled and excited at the prospect of Dublin being the World Design Capital for 2014.  Dublin has so many fine new facilities perfect for hosting such an event. Dublin is truly at a crossroads in its colourful history. Dublin rose to new heights of pluckiness in the 1990’s/2000’s. It grappled hard with the issue of expressing its character and complex history alongside modern Dublin, leaving many of its issues unresolved in design and architectural terms. Of course the recent global economic crisis has taken its toll on Dublin but at the same time given the city and its people a new purpose. I believe that history will reflect on Dublin’s next 10 years as the period that it unveiled its true self and character. Future Dublin architects and designers will be influenced by the true character of Dublin and its social needs which in some instances were glossed over during the “Celtic Tiger” years. This is why I fully support Dublin’s bid to become World Design Capital 2014. Dublin is poised ready to go forward culturally on so many levels and especially so with its architects and designers. Dublin World Design Capital 2014 would be such a great catalyst to enthuse good city design and ignite the superb skill base that resides in Dublin and the whole of Ireland, who are ready to shape Dublin’s future.

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National College of Art and Design - Professor Declan McGonagle, Director

As Director of the National College of Art and Design I am very pleased to support the bid for Dublin to be designated World Design Capital for 2014. This is an important opportunity for the city, for design education, the design sector and for the interaction between design and society. The proposal has already coalesced various partners to the process in the broader culture and in the fields of art and design, and these partnerships have such potential for further development in the year and beyond into the future. As the premier provider of Art and Design education in the University Sector in Ireland, NCAD sees design and the development of design thinking in the culture, the economy and the society as critical to the future of the society in negotiating a new narrative in response to the recessionary forces now at work in this context. Innovation is key to building a new momentum for Ireland and design is one of the new ‘stories’ to be told. We can see all areas covered by NCAD such as: Visual Communication, Industrial Design, Fashion and Textiles, Ceramics, Glass and Metals and related areas in Fine Art and Education, having direct benefits from the bid process and ultimately the designation which will create enhanced opportunities, understanding and potential. The designation would be of enormous value to the sector in this context and would also present necessary challenges to be met by upgraded, collective approaches in the field.

Collaborative processes between institutions such as the Graduate School for Creative Arts and Media, National Digital Research Centre and NCAD’s new Academic Alliance with University College Dublin would also be enhanced. This would also provide an incentive to repeat the recent success the College has had in setting up the Masters Programme in Medical Devices Design and TFE (Task Furniture in Education) a new EU funded four year research programme in furniture in education, involving three partner institutions in Europe and the U.S. NCAD commits itself to inflecting its new Gallery programme towards design subjects throughout 2014 and to create, in collaboration with the central organisers in 2014, an ancillary programme of talks, lectures, workshops, symposia, inviting practitioners/scholars to participate. NCAD is enthusiastic about this proposal and bid and I am delighted that we are associated with the process.

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National Disability Authority - Ger Craddock, Chief Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design as part of the National Disability Authority is delighted to support the bid for Dublin to be the World Design Capital in 2014. Dublin and Ireland are well positioned to become a leading innovative hub in Universal Design Thinking. The Centre was set up in order to promote the achievement of good design which enables the use of a building, facility, product, service or ICT by any person in the most independent and natural manner possible, in the widest range of situations and without the need for adaptation, modification, assistive devices or specialised solutions to the greatest practicable extent. It covers all persons regardless of their age, their size or whether they experience any physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual ability or disability. Therefore Universal Design has the capacity to reach significantly wider markets than an approach which disregards human diversity. The Centre has worked closely with Dublin City Council on how to incorporate Universal Design Thinking as part of its strategy in transforming Dublin into a world class user friendly and accessible city for both its inhabitants and visitors/tourists coming to Ireland. A key project that both parties collaborate on is the “24 hour Universal Design Challenge” which the centre has led for the past two years. Over 100 designers have participated in this event in the last two years and plans for how this can form part of Dublin becoming the World Design capital in 2014 are already being discussed. Dublin’s bid envisages Universal Design as a key component of Dublin’s World Design Capital year in 2014 in which all people particularly people with disabilities, older people and people from diverse backgrounds will be part of making Dublin the most successful World Design Capital. We are delighted to support this and help make it happen.

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Office for Integration, Community & Enterprise, DCC - Declan Hayden

The Office for Integration, Dublin City Council in partnership with the key migrant and cultural festivals welcomes the Dublin World Capital of Design Bid. Dublin is now a multi-ethnic city, with over 20% of the city population of immigrant origin, and over 120 different nationalities living and languages spoken in the city. Dublin is also a member of the new International Intercultural Cities Network. Dublin is a city that is providing an exciting and fertile ground for the growth of cultural understanding, intercultural dialogue and design. A number of significant cultural festivals emerged in the last six years that have grown to be specific annual city events in the calendar. These festivals promote many cultures and in a number of cases showcase some of the most unique and innovative festivals for those cultures and nationalities outside their own home countries. Design will be a central theme within their celebrations for 2014. One idea these groups wish to collaborate on is the formation of twelve characters that will emerge to open the 2014 year on New Year’s Eve 2013, at twelve points across Dublin bay. These twelve characters will represent each month of the 2014 year and in turn where relevant the particular cultural festival falling in that month. For example the February character is proposed to be a horse, linking with the “Dublin Chinese New Year Festival” celebrating the Year of the Horse in 2014. Other designs proposed include the “Russian Festival” in March, “Experience Japan” in April, “Africa Day Festival” in May, “Filipino Festival” in June, “The Indian Festival of Colours” in July, the “Dublin Latin American Festival” in August, the Halloween Festival in October and the Festival of Light in December. Many smaller cultural groups will also be included. These organizations together here commit their festivals, their support and creativity to the theme of design for the future and give their support and backing to the Dublin bid to host the World Design Capital 2014.

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Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government - Patrick Cunningham

I am writing to convey my full support for Dublin’s bid to host World Design Capital 2014. As you know, Dublin will host the European City of Science in July 2012 and my office is responsible for planning and delivering this major international event. The World Design Capital would be a marvelously complementary event two years later with the potential for significant synergies between the two. Science and Design draw from the same well of human creativity (our tag line for 2012 is “Dublin, where Creativity and Great Science Meet”). Excellent science, whether it is an understanding of the properties of materials or the geometry of surfaces, is a prerequisite for excellence in design. Dublin seamlessly blends over one thousand years of history and heritage with all the features of a modern, cosmopolitan city. Our scientific heritage includes such distinguished scientists as Boyle, Hamilton and Walton. Our contemporary scientific capacity has been greatly enhanced by a ten-year programme of sustained investment in research and Dublin now features world-class institutions conducting cutting-edge research. As a result of the quality of research in Dublin institutions, Ireland is now ranked eight, third and first for the citations of its scientific publications in materials science, immunology and genetics, respectively. This was a key factor in our success in the competition to host the City of Science for 2012. So also was our ability to marshal support for the event across a broad a range of partners spanning national government, civic authorities, industry and academic institutions. At a practical level, the expertise and experience acquired in planning and running the Dublin City of Science 2012 will be available to you for 2014. I wish you every success in this endeavour and re-iterate that you will have the full support of my office in delivering this exciting event if World Design Capital 2014 comes to Dublin.

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OPW - Pat Cooney, State Architect Director of Architectural Services

The Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland (OPW) and the State Architect welcome and support Dublin’s bid for designation as World Design Capital in 2014. As the procurers, designers and guardians of many of the most significant and historic public buildings in the capital city, we encourage good design as essential for the delivery of a quality built environment for the citizens of the State. The OPW has been responsible for the conservation and restoration of many historic places and structures in Dublin and look forward to contributing to the Seed Project: Connecting the Historic City. The OPW can facilitate access to a range of public buildings as part of the proposed 100 ‘Special Rooms’. The OPW may also be able to make available facilities at Farmleigh House, Royal Hospital Kilmainham and Dublin Castle as venues for conferences, seminars, exhibitions and workshops if required. The OPW believes that if Dublin were to be designated the World Design Capital in 2014, the focus on good design will encourage a dynamic between creativity and innovation to flourish in Dublin, whereby generating creative energy throughout Ireland.

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Prof. h.c. Helmut Langer, Past President of ICOGRADA - Prof. h.c. Helmut Langer, hq Sustainable Conception and Visual Design for Global Communication

Past President ICOGRADA – International Council of Graphic Design Associations

As an internationally working graphic designer and as Past President of ICOGRADA I have travelled in the last 25 years to many places around the world - to speak at conferences, to judge at competitions, to lecture at universities, to meet designers during board meetings, to advise design centres, to visit museums - Torino, Seoul, Helsinki, London, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Moscow, Copenhagen, Osaka, Mexico, New York, Santiago de Chile, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai,  Ahmadabad, Warsaw, Tokyo, Nagoya… They are all unique and have a reputation for design. But Dublin with its great culture, past and present, is one of the most extraordinary cities. Its architectural icons from its Georgian Houses to its new age buildings, its tweeds and woollen fabrics, its craft and new media design all make it a place of outstanding creativity.

In Dublin, nature meets future - an excellent basis for sustainable design. Dublin, with its visionary talents across all fields of design is growing the potential to be a model for bridging cultures and connecting the world by design. Dublin is the ideal city to become the World Design Capital 2014.

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Professor of Architecture, UCD - Hugh Campbell

UCD School of Architecture is delighted to be associated with Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital designation. We would see this designation as an important recognition of the city’s longstanding and wide-ranging design culture. It will also provide the ideal opportunity for the city to recognize the central importance of design to every aspect of its activities and its identity. Dublin is a city in which design matters. For the School of Architecture, the city has long acted as a kind of laboratory, in which to observe the impact of design at every scale, from the masterplan to the detail and in which to experiment and propose new ideas. We actively engage with municipal authorities, agencies and other stakeholders in pursuing our design thinking. Many of our staff have been instrumental in some of the key urban interventions of recent times from Temple Bar to Ballymun regeneration. Building on this experience, we are keen for our staff and students to be involved in devising and participating in all the key events planned for 2014. ‘Design is a method of action’ said Charles Eames. The design process can unlock a city’s problems and discover its potential. As World Design Capital, Dublin can demonstrate the design makes a difference.

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PwC - Rónán Murphy, Senior Partner

PricewaterhouseCoopers is delighted to support Dublin’s bid to be designated as World Design Capital for 2014. We see many synergies between the PIVOT Dublin bid and our own business. The key components that contribute to good design – defining needs, discovering innovative solutions, developing and applying fresh ways of meeting our objectives – are core principles of our approach to our business, our clients and our people. We are based in a state of the art building in the regenerated Docklands and are very proud of the building’s vibrant design. The design is aligned with our culture which encourages change and innovation. 

We recognise that the principle of exchanging and developing ideas which is essential to the design process is also critical to our own business as financial advisors. Effective communication, smart networking and adding value are our strengths and these abilities have strengthened our network of connections and relationships both locally and globally. Our access to a global network provides us with a rich variety of knowledge and experience, and directly links us to a vast array of knowledge and skills as part of innovative projects that are engaging design as a tool for development. Dublin is a dynamic city, open to change and ready to embrace new ideas as has been demonstrated through its development over the past decade. We have no doubt that the designation of Dublin as World Design Capital 2014 would have enormously positive impact.

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Angela Brady, FRIAI FRSA RIBA - President, Royal Institute of British Architects 2011 - 2013

As one of the many Dublin diaspora who came to London in 1980’s and stayed, I can see huge value in the recognition of Dublin being designated as World Design Capital in 2014. Irish people have an innate and distinctive design style in everything from jewellery and fashion, to art and architecture, creating a unique ‘sense of place’ that is Dublin. Its rich culture of writing music and politics linked to its colourful history adds to a Living City that has rapidly expanded in the past boom time and improved the quality of life for Dubliners and visitors alike.

Irish designers are well educated and talented and those located abroad do not disengage or forget their roots. This Irish cultural design identity is reinforced as it returns home in most arts forms and welcomes in turn international designers to be part of this Dublin stage – see Libeskind’s Opera house and Calatrava’s bridges.

Our Irish architectural graduates set up the RIAI London Forum in 1985, and each year we showcase the best of Irish architecture, the latest exhibition being hosted by the Irish Embassy in London. There is no doubt that Irish architecture is world class as evident in the plethora of contemporary award winning buildings in Dublin, from the famous regeneration of Temple Bar, to the world renowned oasis of Trinity College.

So while Dublin is a city on the edge of Europe – its design heart is at the centre of the world

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RPS - PJ Rudden, Group Business Director

RPS is delighted to support Dublin’s bid to be awarded World Design Capital in 2014. As Designers, Engineers and Planners we have worked on a large number of Ireland’s biggest infrastructural projects. For that reason, we welcome the renewed focus on Irish design that this prestigious designation would attract. RPS has offices in Ireland, UK, the Netherlands, North America, Brazil, Middle East and Australia. We will promote the year actively among our staff and clients and we look forward to playing an active role in promoting the activities of the year in 2014. I will also help to promote the bid in my role as incoming President of Engineers Ireland, in May 2011.

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Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin - Michael John Gorman, Founding Director

Where does science meet design? Science Gallery opened in Trinity College Dublin in the heart of the capital in February 2008 with the goal of being a place for creative collisions between science, art and experimental design. Since opening we have attracted over 750,000 visitors to dynamic exhibitions ranging from GREEN MACHINES, exploring green technologies and sustainable design to WHAT IF…, an exhibition developed with Tony Dunne and Fiona Raby exploring the interaction between speculative design and science.

Science Gallery is delighted to be associated with Dublin’s bid to be World Design Capital in 2014. This is a bold proposal, an opportunity for Dublin to be a “ground zero” for design following the economic crisis, a place for experiment, a place where the role of designers in society can be reconfigured to address our current challenges. We are committed to participating in this process, and to holding pilot activities and exhibitions. Science Gallery recently won the first ever European Commission call for projects linking science, art and experimental design and is leading a consortium including the Royal College of Art, London, Ars Electronica FutureLab in Linz, MediaLab Prado Madrid and Le Laboratoire in Paris to explore new strategies for incubation of creative collaborations between scientists, artists and designers. The project will focus on three themes that will have major social impact: The Future of Water, The Future of Social Interaction and Synthetic Biology and will provide an ideal testing ground for new approaches in the lead up to 2014. Dublin will also be European City of Science in 2012 and this will also be a major opportunity for reconsidering the relationship between science, technology and design. Science Gallery will use the World Design Capital opportunity to develop an events and exhibitions programme focusing on the many dimensions of the relationship between science and design, and launching a new residency programme for designers in scientific research labs.

The ultimate potential of Dublin as World Design Capital in 2014 is not as a static showcase of great design, but as an open, living laboratory of design exploring the major challenges we face as a society, from energy to climate, from education to urban infrastructure. This is why I think the PIVOT Dublin Bid for Dublin matters.

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Mary V Mullin - Chair, Sir Misha Black Awards for Services to Design Education

Vice President Icsid – 1975-76 Regional Adviser Icsid – present Secretary General ICOGRADA – 1986-1999 Chairman Sir Misha Black Awards for Distinguished Services to Design Education RCA, London – 2004-present

In the early 1960’s a quiet revolution took place in Ireland. The Kilkenny Design Workshops were established and for the first time a national design movement began. It was supported by the Government.  The Irish who, from the 1300’s had been prevented from any visual expression of identity, had taken to story telling, song and literature to preserve their culture. Slowly they began to find the ‘lost’ dimension, the visual expression of their identity. There were great successes in the next forty years when new generations of designers and architects were educated and helped to create a forward-looking economic climate. There were, inevitably, some terrible mistakes. Now the young architects and designers of the 21st century are finding exciting new ways of using design to see both the old city of Dublin and its 20th century additions in a new light. They are questioning, seeking, learning and building on their inherited traditions. They have travelled the world and come back to view their city in a new light. They are brimming with ideas to ensure that their city retains its warmth, its charm, its accessibility and most of all its humanity while providing a sustainable, built environment, for commerce and people. They seek to correct mistakes. In straightened economic times they know that buildings, products and services with design at their heart will succeed. They have been volunteers abroad with the many aid agencies and they have learned what is truly relevant to the things which matter most in life. They want to share their stories of past, but most importantly their dreams of the future, with others. They wait to welcome their counterparts from all over the world to hear their stories and learn from them.

Dublin is no stranger to hosting international design events: Icsid, ICOGRADA IFI and the World Crafts Council have all held memorable and convivial Congresses there. It is time that a new generation of designers returned. I can assure everyone that they will be warmly welcomed to Dublin if it hosts World Design Capital in 2014.

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The Convention Centre Dublin - Dermod Dwyer, Executive Chairman

As Ireland’s first purpose-built conference venue, The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) was developed in partnership with the Irish Government to expand and attract further major international conferences, meetings and events to Dublin. The facility has already received international acclaim from organisers and delegates alike and its iconic design by the internationally renowned architect Kevin Roche has ensured it has become one of the capital’s most important landmarks. Opened in September 2010, The CCD has already hosted over 200 events, welcomed tens of thousands of international delegates, and generated tens of millions of Euros for the local economy.  Events hosted to date include: conferences, meetings, banquets and concerts, such as European Union of Geriatric Medicine Society Conference (EUGMS), XFactor Auditions, Google EMEA Sales Conference, Globe Forum 2010, Microsoft, Taste of Christmas, UK Fertilities Conference, European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation Conference, American Chamber of Commerce 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner and the 8th Irish Film & Television Awards Ceremony.  In 2012, The CCD has confirmed EuroScience 2012, International Bar Association as well as Interaction 12, the annual conference of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) Conference in 2012. As a popular destination and with the City’s strong heritage in design, arts and culture, Dublin is the perfect host for the World Design Capital 2014. Please let me know if there is anything else we can do at The CCD to help support this important project.

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Trinity College Dublin - John Hegarty, Provost

Trinity College Dublin is delighted to endorse Dublin’s bid to become World Design Capital 2014. As Ireland’s oldest university situated in the very heart of its capital city, our community of staff and students have been contributing to the fabric of this vibrant city since 1592. As an institution we are wholeheartedly committed to advancing Dublin as an international city of learning, culture and innovation. At the core of Trinity’s research is the concept of sustainable society.  The themes proposed under ‘Pivot Dublin - Turn Design Inside Out’ very much align with this strategic focus and will benefit from design strengths at Trinity centred around the School of Engineering (www.tcd.ie/Engineering/). Of particular note are TrinityHaus, the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, and TRIP, the Centre for Transport Research and Innovation for People. Broader initiatives of relevance to ‘Pivot Dublin’ in the context of a design strategy for society are TILDA, with a focus on successful ageing and independent living, and the Creative Arts, Technologies and Culture initiative. Trinity College Dublin is proud to be associated with ‘Pivot Dublin - Turn Design Inside Out’ as it seeks to spark new ideas, practices and connections, to set the pace for change, and to forge a sustainable society rich in wisdom, health, culture and wealth

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A letter from the office of the Taoiseach - Mr. Enda Kenny T.D.

Letter of Endorsement
Dublin World Design Capital 2014

I am pleased to endorse the bid for Dublin to be the World Design Capital 2014. This contest is a very welcome initiative to promote and encourage the use of design to further the social, economic and cultural development of the world’s cities.

Ireland is a country renowned for its performance in the creative including music, literature, film and animation. A key priority for my Government is to harness these traditional strengths and direct them not only towards economic growth and job creation but also to addressing social, economic and cultural challenges, many of which are global in their scope.

Dublin is a distinctive and historic city renowned for its heritage and architecture as well as unique examples of modern and innovative design, a particular feature of our extensive infrastructural development of the past decade. Dublin is also known for an unusual warmth and friendliness not often observed in a capital city. For these reasons, it would be an ideal candidate to host the World Design Capital in 2014.

The designation if awarded would provide a valuable opportunity for us to showcase Ireland’s vibrant design and creative industries while the invigoration provided by the proposed programme of events and projects would bring a renewed excitement and vibrancy to the city building on our experience as City of Science in 2012.

I am pleased to support this initiative as a significant contribution to my Government’s ambitions for Ireland as a creative and innovative economy.

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Enda Kenny T.D.
Taoiseach

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Ballyfermot College of Further Education - Maureen Conway, Principal

Ballyfermot College of Further Education is delighted to support the City of Dublin in its bid for World Design Capital 2014. Established in1979, BCFE is a constituent college of the City of Dublin Vocation Education Committee. We have eight departments delivering 40 programmes from Art and Animation to Music, Media, Business, Social Care, Film and Television, Digital Media and Computer Games, Travel and Tourism and Engineering. The college draws students not only from Dublin and every county in Ireland but has students from 50 plus nationalities, from both inside and outside the EU. College graduates have achieved many successes over the years. Within the past twelve months our animation graduates have achieved two BAFTA nominations, one BAFTA win, one EMMY, four Academy Award nominations, one Academy Award, one Royal Television Society award and one Grand Prix at the 2010 Digital Media Awards. Graduates of our Rock School have been named Best Irish Female at the Meteor Music Awards and won an international singing and song writing contest in Chengdu in China.

Ireland has a long history of our people leaving to work abroad through economic necessity and to support the establishment and development of nations. We also have a strong tradition of storytelling and the creative arts. Some of our most famous artists live, work and draw their inspiration from daily life in Dublin. The city is teeming with creativity – writers, designers, actors, singers and visual artists making Dublin an ideal placed to host the World Design Capital 2014.

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Crafts Council of Ireland - Louise Allen, Education and Innovation Manager

The Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) is the national design and economic development organisation for the crafts industry in Ireland. CCoI is responsible for fostering the growth and commercial strength of the crafts industry in Ireland, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness. The Crafts Council of Ireland work in partnership with a wide range of public sector bodies and creative and cultural organisations in order to create the environment to ensure the centrality of high quality design in the development of products and the future shape and design of local and international markets.

PIVOT Dublin’s focus on real and systemic design solutions in areas that will have a significant impact and benefit on the quality of life for citizens is timely and inspiring. The bid creates a platform for co-operation and an integrated multi-layered approach to engaging in radical design solutions. The Crafts Council of Ireland supports PIVOT Dublin’s World Design Capital bid as it gives a vital impetus to and forms part of a shared vision of connectivity that will significantly impact the future of design in Ireland.

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Dóchas - Hans Zomer, Director

It might seem unusual for overseas aid agencies, but Dóchas – the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations - is happy to endorse Dublin’s bid to become World Design Capital 2014. Our 44 member organisations, and their estimated 850,000 regular supporters on the island of Ireland, are practical and very lively expressions of Ireland’s deep-felt commitment to global justice, solidarity and equality. There is a long and proud tradition, which we want to update; we want to find 21st century ways of expressing Ireland’s empathy with others and our ever closer inter-linking of cultures, economies and ways of living. As aid agencies, we are proud of – and depend on – Ireland’s ability to build relationships with people across cultural divides, and
to find our common humanity.

We are part of our nation’s, and particularly our capital Dublin’s, efforts to foster innovation and close communities of people. Our member organisations depend on good communications and on everyone’s thorough understanding of the opportunities (and challenges) of being true global citizens. And Dublin allows us to tell our stories, and reminds us of something we as aid agencies are not good at: celebrating our achievements. PIVOT Dublin, World Design Capital 2014 will be a wonderful opportunity for us to do just that.

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Dublin Chamber of Commerce - Gina Quin, Chief Executive

Dublin Chamber of Commerce is fully supportive of the bid to apply for Dublin city to be designated as a World Design Capital . Dublin Chamber has 1,300 member companies in Dublin, small and large, across all sectors.  We are one of the oldest chambers of commerce in the world, tracing our roots back to the early 1700’s.  Throughout this period, we have been committed to ensuring that the best interests of the Dublin City Region are at the forefront of our work.  On behalf of business leaders, workers and all those that live in Dublin, we are pleased to wholeheartedly support this bid.

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Dublin City University - Brian MacCraith, President

On behalf of Dublin City University (DCU), I am very happy to write in strong support of Dublin’s bid to be the World Design Capital 2014. DCU is a university that places a major emphasis on innovation, particularly where it answers a societal need or an industry-defined problem and, crucially, where it can be translated into economic benefit. It is well established that design plays a key role in innovation and I would particularly welcome Dublin’s goal of exploring “new design ideas which address local needs yet have global relevance”.

At DCU, we are making a firm commitment to prioritise such societal grand challenges in our research – issues such as enhanced healthcare, a cleaner environment, energy needs, multi-culturalism – what we call societally-oriented research. The focus of our research activity includes the development of efficient technologies to reduce electrical energy consumption, which can contribute greatly to the reduction of global carbon emissions. In addition, we are developing broader-scale projects in the Clean-Tech area. On November 22, 2010, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation & Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn came to DCU to launch ‘An tSlí Ghlas’ (The Green Way), Ireland’s First Green Economic Zone. The goal of The Green Way is to position Ireland as a centre of Clean-Tech innovation and enterprise and to develop trade partnerships with other major international green corridors such as the US East Bay Green Corridor Partnership and Lahti Clean-Tech Science Park in Finland.

DCU is Ireland’s University of Enterprise and DCU Invent (a state of the art Innovation and Enterprise Centre) is a key element of our strategy for innovation. DCU Invent was established to transform knowledge into commercial success and to provide the critical link between the university and the marketplace. DCU Invent works on the transformation of cutting edge research into innovative and commercially exploitable products and services, with purpose-built incubation space for technology-based start-up companies. The Design Capital bid is a valuable opportunity to showcase Irish design talent as well as an opportunity to explore valuable new design ideas that can effect change for the better. I am delighted to support this initiative and wish the Dublin design team the very best in their endeavours.

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Dublin Institute of Technology - John O’Connor, Head of the School of Art Design and Printing

The Dublin Institute of Technology enthusiastically supports and has actively engaged with the Dublin city World Design Capital 2014 bid. In addition to supporting the bid, Dublin Institute of Technology are members of Icsid and have run and will continue to run events such as workshops for World Industrial Design Day, which support Icsid and their partner organisations in the International Design Alliance. DIT recognises the importance that World Design Capital designation would bring to the Dublin and its environs. We have developed strong links between our students, our educational programmes and the citizens of the city through a range of community initiatives and outreach programmes. A successful bid will reinforce the contribution we are making to the city, to those people who live, work and study in Dublin and the international community who visit it. We warmly support the PIVOT Dublin submission.

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ESB - Pádraig McManus, Chief Executive

ESB, Ireland’s premier electricity utility, fully supports the Dublin bid for World Design Capital 2014 and recognises the important role that such a designation would play for the social, economic and cultural life of the city.  The key components of good design are core principles of ESB’s approach to its business and we believe that there are many synergies between the PIVOT Dublin bid and our 2020 Corporate Strategy while our global industry network links us to a vast array of innovative projects that are engaging design as a tool for development. We are a lead player in the provision of creative design solutions in the area of sustainable energy, and by 2020 will be delivering one third of our electricity from renewable generation. In addition, we have set out a timeline and targets to reach a position of net carbon neutral by 2035 – one of the first utilities in Europe to do so. Dublin as the capital city plays a fundamental role in our national society and is recognised internationally through its achievements in terms of culture, investment, literature, science and design.  ESB wishes you every success in your bid and applauds your efforts on behalf of the Dublin region and ESB. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

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Fáilte Ireland - Shaun Quinn, Chief Executive, National Tourism Development Authority

It is with very considerable interest I learned that Dublin is being considered to host the World Design Capital in 2014. Dublin has been honoured with many city designations with great success in the past and I am confident that this important and prestigious Icsid event can be hosted here with results that can satisfy all expectations. Please be assured that you and your colleagues have our full support through the Business Tourism Unit of Fáilte Ireland.

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IADT: Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology - Jim Devine, President

I am delighted to endorse the proposal to have Dublin designated as the World Design Capital for 2014. This is such an exciting prospect and offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate Dublin’s international presence as one of the most vibrant and culturally rich cities worldwide. So much of the physical and cultural landscape has been transformed during the last decade and it is no surprise that Dublin is an attractor for so many creative professionals and for the companies in the creative industries. We would like to share this with the wider world! Nurturing creative talent is key to Dublin’s development and we are happy to play our part. Since our inception in 1997, IADT has built an enviable international reputation as a centre for design education, research and expertise. With a wide range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, we have grown to more than 2,200 students, reflecting the burgeoning demand and interest in fields of design that include visual communications, design for stage and screen, CGI/digital effects, interaction design and web and multimedia design. The National Film School is a key centre of excellence at IADT, covering film, animation and TV. Our campus incubation centre, MediaCube, hosts some twenty start-ups in the creative sector and we have further links into the Digital Hub, the Government initiative to cluster creative industries development, while at the same time achieving urban renewal in the area surrounding the historic Guinness Brewery. We collaborate closely with all higher education institutions in the Dublin region and we are founding partners of the National Digital Research Centre and of the Graduate School for Creative Arts and Media. In this way we are part of a coherent platform with a shared vision for Dublin.
 
We are delighted to be associated with this proposal and will be more than happy to offer the facilities of the college and the wholehearted support of staff and students to assist in the programming and hosting of events throughout the year.  

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Intel Ireland - Brendan Cannon, Head of Corporate Affairs

We are very happy to support you in your bid to bring the World Design Capital initiative to Dublin in 2014. I can think of no better city to host this prestigious event than Dublin – our messy, vibrant, innovative, dirty ol’ town. Intel has been in Ireland, in Leixlip on the outskirts of Dublin, for more than 20 years now. Over that time our campus has grown, through the knowledge, skills and innovation of our Irish workforce, to become Intel’s largest advanced manufacturing location outside of the US and a hub for some of the most exciting technology and manufacturing research currently taking place on one of the most technologically advanced industrial campuses in Europe.

Over that proud 20 year history we have become intertwined in the scientific, social, academic and industrial life of our local community and the country and would welcome the chance to strengthen those links through our support of the Dublin World Design Capital bid. Intel worldwide pushes the boundaries of innovation so our work can make people’s lives more exciting, fulfilling, and manageable. The design of our products and our programmes plays a huge part in striving to achieve the vision of creating computing technology to connect and enrich the lives of every person on earth. We continually look for the next leap ahead – in technology, education, culture, manufacturing, and social responsibility. And in so many ways, so does Dublin…

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Ireland’s Design Organisations

The Irish are an enthusiastic and optimistic people who have an ancient relationship with culture and art. Our relationship with design is more recent – but no less enthusiastic! For such a small nation our culture and art has had a profound effect on world Culture and our design culture is following suit.

Dublin is a vibrant and exciting city with a long history. It is the capital city of our island and from an early age the relatively tranquil Irish Sea and the broad calm estuary of the river Liffey brought our ancestors out into the world and brought many visitors to our shores – engagement with others is a tradition that we cherish. Now we are connected by technology, shared thoughts and ideas, a passion for design and a belief that we can collectively change our world for the better.

Our organisations, collectively representing the design and creative community in Dublin, share a great enthusiasm for the Dublin bid to host World Design Capital 2014. We give our collective commitment to the bid team and to those who have promoted this initiative in Dublin – we extend this same unwavering commitment to those visionaries who first imagined that there could and should be a World Design Capital project that promotes and encourages “the use of design to further the social, economic and cultural development of the world’s cities”. 

Garrett Stokes, Chairperson, Design Business Ireland
Pearse McCaughey, President, The Institute of Creative Advertising & Design
Derek McGarry, President, The Institute of Designers in Ireland
Martin D Lowery, President, Engineers Ireland
Douglas Carson, President, Architectural Association of Ireland
Paul Keogh, President, The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
Dave Kirkwood, President, Irish Landscape Institute
Eddie Shanahan, Chairperson, Council of Irish Fashion Designers
Séamus Byrne, Chairperson, Interactive Design Association Dublin

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Irish Architecture Foundation - Nathalie Weadick, Director

The Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) is a public resource on architecture, a developmental agency for public engagement with architecture, an initiator of partnerships at local and national level, a deviser and programmer of inspirational architectural events designed to increase the publics’ engagement with architecture and the built environment. The IAF is a place where old ideas are challenged and new ones created, a place where architecture is not solely explored as an object focused art-form, but can be described in relation to experience, use, influence and process. The Irish Architecture Foundation believes in the power of architecture to transform people lives. PIVOT Dublin is aware of current and future needs related to architecture and design both nationally and internationally, and will use this knowledge and network to create a programme that is visionary, inspirational and can have impact on the future of design in Ireland and the people who use it.

This bid is timely, the period of excess and hyper construction has gone and what remains is a different society, a creative society, with new priorities and ultimately more opportunities for the creative industries to connect with people. We see many exciting opportunities for all of us in the period ahead. This is why we are supporting the World Design Capital bid. PIVOT Dublin represents a force that can change the future. The question is what legacy will it leave? The answer to this is our collective responsibility.

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Live Nation Ireland - Mike Adamson, Chief Executive Officer

I am the Chief Executive of Live Nation Ireland.  Live Nation is the largest live entertainment company in the world, consisting of five businesses:  concert promotion and venue operations, sponsorship, ticketing solutions, e-commerce and artist management. In Dublin we own and operate Ireland’s largest live entertainment arena “The O2” and operate Dublin’s largest touring theatre “Grand Canal Theatre”. We entertain over 1.5 million customers per annum across these two venues and 140 million customers across 21, 000 events worldwide. I am totally enthralled and excited at the prospect of Dublin being the World Design Capital for 2014.  Dublin has so many fine new facilities perfect for hosting such an event. Dublin is truly at a crossroads in its colourful history. Dublin rose to new heights of pluckiness in the 1990’s/2000’s. It grappled hard with the issue of expressing its character and complex history alongside modern Dublin, leaving many of its issues unresolved in design and architectural terms. Of course the recent global economic crisis has taken its toll on Dublin but at the same time given the city and its people a new purpose. I believe that history will reflect on Dublin’s next 10 years as the period that it unveiled its true self and character. Future Dublin architects and designers will be influenced by the true character of Dublin and its social needs which in some instances were glossed over during the “Celtic Tiger” years. This is why I fully support Dublin’s bid to become World Design Capital 2014. Dublin is poised ready to go forward culturally on so many levels and especially so with its architects and designers. Dublin World Design Capital 2014 would be such a great catalyst to enthuse good city design and ignite the superb skill base that resides in Dublin and the whole of Ireland, who are ready to shape Dublin’s future.

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National College of Art and Design - Professor Declan McGonagle, Director

As Director of the National College of Art and Design I am very pleased to support the bid for Dublin to be designated World Design Capital for 2014. This is an important opportunity for the city, for design education, the design sector and for the interaction between design and society. The proposal has already coalesced various partners to the process in the broader culture and in the fields of art and design, and these partnerships have such potential for further development in the year and beyond into the future. As the premier provider of Art and Design education in the University Sector in Ireland, NCAD sees design and the development of design thinking in the culture, the economy and the society as critical to the future of the society in negotiating a new narrative in response to the recessionary forces now at work in this context. Innovation is key to building a new momentum for Ireland and design is one of the new ‘stories’ to be told. We can see all areas covered by NCAD such as: Visual Communication, Industrial Design, Fashion and Textiles, Ceramics, Glass and Metals and related areas in Fine Art and Education, having direct benefits from the bid process and ultimately the designation which will create enhanced opportunities, understanding and potential. The designation would be of enormous value to the sector in this context and would also present necessary challenges to be met by upgraded, collective approaches in the field.

Collaborative processes between institutions such as the Graduate School for Creative Arts and Media, National Digital Research Centre and NCAD’s new Academic Alliance with University College Dublin would also be enhanced. This would also provide an incentive to repeat the recent success the College has had in setting up the Masters Programme in Medical Devices Design and TFE (Task Furniture in Education) a new EU funded four year research programme in furniture in education, involving three partner institutions in Europe and the U.S. NCAD commits itself to inflecting its new Gallery programme towards design subjects throughout 2014 and to create, in collaboration with the central organisers in 2014, an ancillary programme of talks, lectures, workshops, symposia, inviting practitioners/scholars to participate. NCAD is enthusiastic about this proposal and bid and I am delighted that we are associated with the process.

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National Disability Authority - Ger Craddock, Chief Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design as part of the National Disability Authority is delighted to support the bid for Dublin to be the World Design Capital in 2014. Dublin and Ireland are well positioned to become a leading innovative hub in Universal Design Thinking. The Centre was set up in order to promote the achievement of good design which enables the use of a building, facility, product, service or ICT by any person in the most independent and natural manner possible, in the widest range of situations and without the need for adaptation, modification, assistive devices or specialised solutions to the greatest practicable extent. It covers all persons regardless of their age, their size or whether they experience any physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual ability or disability. Therefore Universal Design has the capacity to reach significantly wider markets than an approach which disregards human diversity. The Centre has worked closely with Dublin City Council on how to incorporate Universal Design Thinking as part of its strategy in transforming Dublin into a world class user friendly and accessible city for both its inhabitants and visitors/tourists coming to Ireland. A key project that both parties collaborate on is the “24 hour Universal Design Challenge” which the centre has led for the past two years. Over 100 designers have participated in this event in the last two years and plans for how this can form part of Dublin becoming the World Design capital in 2014 are already being discussed. Dublin’s bid envisages Universal Design as a key component of Dublin’s World Design Capital year in 2014 in which all people particularly people with disabilities, older people and people from diverse backgrounds will be part of making Dublin the most successful World Design Capital. We are delighted to support this and help make it happen.

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Office for Integration, Community & Enterprise, DCC - Declan Hayden

The Office for Integration, Dublin City Council in partnership with the key migrant and cultural festivals welcomes the Dublin World Capital of Design Bid. Dublin is now a multi-ethnic city, with over 20% of the city population of immigrant origin, and over 120 different nationalities living and languages spoken in the city. Dublin is also a member of the new International Intercultural Cities Network. Dublin is a city that is providing an exciting and fertile ground for the growth of cultural understanding, intercultural dialogue and design. A number of significant cultural festivals emerged in the last six years that have grown to be specific annual city events in the calendar. These festivals promote many cultures and in a number of cases showcase some of the most unique and innovative festivals for those cultures and nationalities outside their own home countries. Design will be a central theme within their celebrations for 2014. One idea these groups wish to collaborate on is the formation of twelve characters that will emerge to open the 2014 year on New Year’s Eve 2013, at twelve points across Dublin bay. These twelve characters will represent each month of the 2014 year and in turn where relevant the particular cultural festival falling in that month. For example the February character is proposed to be a horse, linking with the “Dublin Chinese New Year Festival” celebrating the Year of the Horse in 2014. Other designs proposed include the “Russian Festival” in March, “Experience Japan” in April, “Africa Day Festival” in May, “Filipino Festival” in June, “The Indian Festival of Colours” in July, the “Dublin Latin American Festival” in August, the Halloween Festival in October and the Festival of Light in December. Many smaller cultural groups will also be included. These organizations together here commit their festivals, their support and creativity to the theme of design for the future and give their support and backing to the Dublin bid to host the World Design Capital 2014.

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Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government - Patrick Cunningham

I am writing to convey my full support for Dublin’s bid to host World Design Capital 2014. As you know, Dublin will host the European City of Science in July 2012 and my office is responsible for planning and delivering this major international event. The World Design Capital would be a marvelously complementary event two years later with the potential for significant synergies between the two. Science and Design draw from the same well of human creativity (our tag line for 2012 is “Dublin, where Creativity and Great Science Meet”). Excellent science, whether it is an understanding of the properties of materials or the geometry of surfaces, is a prerequisite for excellence in design. Dublin seamlessly blends over one thousand years of history and heritage with all the features of a modern, cosmopolitan city. Our scientific heritage includes such distinguished scientists as Boyle, Hamilton and Walton. Our contemporary scientific capacity has been greatly enhanced by a ten-year programme of sustained investment in research and Dublin now features world-class institutions conducting cutting-edge research. As a result of the quality of research in Dublin institutions, Ireland is now ranked eight, third and first for the citations of its scientific publications in materials science, immunology and genetics, respectively. This was a key factor in our success in the competition to host the City of Science for 2012. So also was our ability to marshal support for the event across a broad a range of partners spanning national government, civic authorities, industry and academic institutions. At a practical level, the expertise and experience acquired in planning and running the Dublin City of Science 2012 will be available to you for 2014. I wish you every success in this endeavour and re-iterate that you will have the full support of my office in delivering this exciting event if World Design Capital 2014 comes to Dublin.

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OPW - Pat Cooney, State Architect Director of Architectural Services

The Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland (OPW) and the State Architect welcome and support Dublin’s bid for designation as World Design Capital in 2014. As the procurers, designers and guardians of many of the most significant and historic public buildings in the capital city, we encourage good design as essential for the delivery of a quality built environment for the citizens of the State. The OPW has been responsible for the conservation and restoration of many historic places and structures in Dublin and look forward to contributing to the Seed Project: Connecting the Historic City. The OPW can facilitate access to a range of public buildings as part of the proposed 100 ‘Special Rooms’. The OPW may also be able to make available facilities at Farmleigh House, Royal Hospital Kilmainham and Dublin Castle as venues for conferences, seminars, exhibitions and workshops if required. The OPW believes that if Dublin were to be designated the World Design Capital in 2014, the focus on good design will encourage a dynamic between creativity and innovation to flourish in Dublin, whereby generating creative energy throughout Ireland.

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Prof. h.c. Helmut Langer, Past President of ICOGRADA - Prof. h.c. Helmut Langer, hq Sustainable Conception and Visual Design for Global Communication

Past President ICOGRADA – International Council of Graphic Design Associations

As an internationally working graphic designer and as Past President of ICOGRADA I have travelled in the last 25 years to many places around the world - to speak at conferences, to judge at competitions, to lecture at universities, to meet designers during board meetings, to advise design centres, to visit museums - Torino, Seoul, Helsinki, London, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Moscow, Copenhagen, Osaka, Mexico, New York, Santiago de Chile, Paris, Beijing, Shanghai,  Ahmadabad, Warsaw, Tokyo, Nagoya… They are all unique and have a reputation for design. But Dublin with its great culture, past and present, is one of the most extraordinary cities. Its architectural icons from its Georgian Houses to its new age buildings, its tweeds and woollen fabrics, its craft and new media design all make it a place of outstanding creativity.

In Dublin, nature meets future - an excellent basis for sustainable design. Dublin, with its visionary talents across all fields of design is growing the potential to be a model for bridging cultures and connecting the world by design. Dublin is the ideal city to become the World Design Capital 2014.

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Professor of Architecture, UCD - Hugh Campbell

UCD School of Architecture is delighted to be associated with Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital designation. We would see this designation as an important recognition of the city’s longstanding and wide-ranging design culture. It will also provide the ideal opportunity for the city to recognize the central importance of design to every aspect of its activities and its identity. Dublin is a city in which design matters. For the School of Architecture, the city has long acted as a kind of laboratory, in which to observe the impact of design at every scale, from the masterplan to the detail and in which to experiment and propose new ideas. We actively engage with municipal authorities, agencies and other stakeholders in pursuing our design thinking. Many of our staff have been instrumental in some of the key urban interventions of recent times from Temple Bar to Ballymun regeneration. Building on this experience, we are keen for our staff and students to be involved in devising and participating in all the key events planned for 2014. ‘Design is a method of action’ said Charles Eames. The design process can unlock a city’s problems and discover its potential. As World Design Capital, Dublin can demonstrate the design makes a difference.

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PwC - Rónán Murphy, Senior Partner

PricewaterhouseCoopers is delighted to support Dublin’s bid to be designated as World Design Capital for 2014. We see many synergies between the PIVOT Dublin bid and our own business. The key components that contribute to good design – defining needs, discovering innovative solutions, developing and applying fresh ways of meeting our objectives – are core principles of our approach to our business, our clients and our people. We are based in a state of the art building in the regenerated Docklands and are very proud of the building’s vibrant design. The design is aligned with our culture which encourages change and innovation. 

We recognise that the principle of exchanging and developing ideas which is essential to the design process is also critical to our own business as financial advisors. Effective communication, smart networking and adding value are our strengths and these abilities have strengthened our network of connections and relationships both locally and globally. Our access to a global network provides us with a rich variety of knowledge and experience, and directly links us to a vast array of knowledge and skills as part of innovative projects that are engaging design as a tool for development. Dublin is a dynamic city, open to change and ready to embrace new ideas as has been demonstrated through its development over the past decade. We have no doubt that the designation of Dublin as World Design Capital 2014 would have enormously positive impact.

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Angela Brady, FRIAI FRSA RIBA - President, Royal Institute of British Architects 2011 - 2013

As one of the many Dublin diaspora who came to London in 1980’s and stayed, I can see huge value in the recognition of Dublin being designated as World Design Capital in 2014. Irish people have an innate and distinctive design style in everything from jewellery and fashion, to art and architecture, creating a unique ‘sense of place’ that is Dublin. Its rich culture of writing music and politics linked to its colourful history adds to a Living City that has rapidly expanded in the past boom time and improved the quality of life for Dubliners and visitors alike.

Irish designers are well educated and talented and those located abroad do not disengage or forget their roots. This Irish cultural design identity is reinforced as it returns home in most arts forms and welcomes in turn international designers to be part of this Dublin stage – see Libeskind’s Opera house and Calatrava’s bridges.

Our Irish architectural graduates set up the RIAI London Forum in 1985, and each year we showcase the best of Irish architecture, the latest exhibition being hosted by the Irish Embassy in London. There is no doubt that Irish architecture is world class as evident in the plethora of contemporary award winning buildings in Dublin, from the famous regeneration of Temple Bar, to the world renowned oasis of Trinity College.

So while Dublin is a city on the edge of Europe – its design heart is at the centre of the world

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RPS - PJ Rudden, Group Business Director

RPS is delighted to support Dublin’s bid to be awarded World Design Capital in 2014. As Designers, Engineers and Planners we have worked on a large number of Ireland’s biggest infrastructural projects. For that reason, we welcome the renewed focus on Irish design that this prestigious designation would attract. RPS has offices in Ireland, UK, the Netherlands, North America, Brazil, Middle East and Australia. We will promote the year actively among our staff and clients and we look forward to playing an active role in promoting the activities of the year in 2014. I will also help to promote the bid in my role as incoming President of Engineers Ireland, in May 2011.

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Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin - Michael John Gorman, Founding Director

Where does science meet design? Science Gallery opened in Trinity College Dublin in the heart of the capital in February 2008 with the goal of being a place for creative collisions between science, art and experimental design. Since opening we have attracted over 750,000 visitors to dynamic exhibitions ranging from GREEN MACHINES, exploring green technologies and sustainable design to WHAT IF…, an exhibition developed with Tony Dunne and Fiona Raby exploring the interaction between speculative design and science.

Science Gallery is delighted to be associated with Dublin’s bid to be World Design Capital in 2014. This is a bold proposal, an opportunity for Dublin to be a “ground zero” for design following the economic crisis, a place for experiment, a place where the role of designers in society can be reconfigured to address our current challenges. We are committed to participating in this process, and to holding pilot activities and exhibitions. Science Gallery recently won the first ever European Commission call for projects linking science, art and experimental design and is leading a consortium including the Royal College of Art, London, Ars Electronica FutureLab in Linz, MediaLab Prado Madrid and Le Laboratoire in Paris to explore new strategies for incubation of creative collaborations between scientists, artists and designers. The project will focus on three themes that will have major social impact: The Future of Water, The Future of Social Interaction and Synthetic Biology and will provide an ideal testing ground for new approaches in the lead up to 2014. Dublin will also be European City of Science in 2012 and this will also be a major opportunity for reconsidering the relationship between science, technology and design. Science Gallery will use the World Design Capital opportunity to develop an events and exhibitions programme focusing on the many dimensions of the relationship between science and design, and launching a new residency programme for designers in scientific research labs.

The ultimate potential of Dublin as World Design Capital in 2014 is not as a static showcase of great design, but as an open, living laboratory of design exploring the major challenges we face as a society, from energy to climate, from education to urban infrastructure. This is why I think the PIVOT Dublin Bid for Dublin matters.

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Mary V Mullin - Chair, Sir Misha Black Awards for Services to Design Education

Vice President Icsid – 1975-76 Regional Adviser Icsid – present Secretary General ICOGRADA – 1986-1999 Chairman Sir Misha Black Awards for Distinguished Services to Design Education RCA, London – 2004-present

In the early 1960’s a quiet revolution took place in Ireland. The Kilkenny Design Workshops were established and for the first time a national design movement began. It was supported by the Government.  The Irish who, from the 1300’s had been prevented from any visual expression of identity, had taken to story telling, song and literature to preserve their culture. Slowly they began to find the ‘lost’ dimension, the visual expression of their identity. There were great successes in the next forty years when new generations of designers and architects were educated and helped to create a forward-looking economic climate. There were, inevitably, some terrible mistakes. Now the young architects and designers of the 21st century are finding exciting new ways of using design to see both the old city of Dublin and its 20th century additions in a new light. They are questioning, seeking, learning and building on their inherited traditions. They have travelled the world and come back to view their city in a new light. They are brimming with ideas to ensure that their city retains its warmth, its charm, its accessibility and most of all its humanity while providing a sustainable, built environment, for commerce and people. They seek to correct mistakes. In straightened economic times they know that buildings, products and services with design at their heart will succeed. They have been volunteers abroad with the many aid agencies and they have learned what is truly relevant to the things which matter most in life. They want to share their stories of past, but most importantly their dreams of the future, with others. They wait to welcome their counterparts from all over the world to hear their stories and learn from them.

Dublin is no stranger to hosting international design events: Icsid, ICOGRADA IFI and the World Crafts Council have all held memorable and convivial Congresses there. It is time that a new generation of designers returned. I can assure everyone that they will be warmly welcomed to Dublin if it hosts World Design Capital in 2014.

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The Convention Centre Dublin - Dermod Dwyer, Executive Chairman

As Ireland’s first purpose-built conference venue, The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) was developed in partnership with the Irish Government to expand and attract further major international conferences, meetings and events to Dublin. The facility has already received international acclaim from organisers and delegates alike and its iconic design by the internationally renowned architect Kevin Roche has ensured it has become one of the capital’s most important landmarks. Opened in September 2010, The CCD has already hosted over 200 events, welcomed tens of thousands of international delegates, and generated tens of millions of Euros for the local economy.  Events hosted to date include: conferences, meetings, banquets and concerts, such as European Union of Geriatric Medicine Society Conference (EUGMS), XFactor Auditions, Google EMEA Sales Conference, Globe Forum 2010, Microsoft, Taste of Christmas, UK Fertilities Conference, European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation Conference, American Chamber of Commerce 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner and the 8th Irish Film & Television Awards Ceremony.  In 2012, The CCD has confirmed EuroScience 2012, International Bar Association as well as Interaction 12, the annual conference of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) Conference in 2012. As a popular destination and with the City’s strong heritage in design, arts and culture, Dublin is the perfect host for the World Design Capital 2014. Please let me know if there is anything else we can do at The CCD to help support this important project.

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Trinity College Dublin - John Hegarty, Provost

Trinity College Dublin is delighted to endorse Dublin’s bid to become World Design Capital 2014. As Ireland’s oldest university situated in the very heart of its capital city, our community of staff and students have been contributing to the fabric of this vibrant city since 1592. As an institution we are wholeheartedly committed to advancing Dublin as an international city of learning, culture and innovation. At the core of Trinity’s research is the concept of sustainable society.  The themes proposed under ‘Pivot Dublin - Turn Design Inside Out’ very much align with this strategic focus and will benefit from design strengths at Trinity centred around the School of Engineering (www.tcd.ie/Engineering/). Of particular note are TrinityHaus, the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, and TRIP, the Centre for Transport Research and Innovation for People. Broader initiatives of relevance to ‘Pivot Dublin’ in the context of a design strategy for society are TILDA, with a focus on successful ageing and independent living, and the Creative Arts, Technologies and Culture initiative. Trinity College Dublin is proud to be associated with ‘Pivot Dublin - Turn Design Inside Out’ as it seeks to spark new ideas, practices and connections, to set the pace for change, and to forge a sustainable society rich in wisdom, health, culture and wealth

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