| Feb 14, 2013 |
S. Korea's Gwangju selected to host 2015 IDA Congress
Boh staff
By Staff

The city of Gwangju, South Korea, will host the third iteration of the International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress in October 2015, with the theme Collective Design. “This is an exciting theme that will allow us to continue to discover where design disciplines converge,” said Soon-in Lee, Icsid President.

The aim of the IDA Congress is to bring together the international design community in a themed framework to advance the vision and mission of the IDA by engaging government leaders, INGO's, business, science and technology, education and the social sciences and to present multi-disciplinary design sessions relevant to the IDA Partner disciplines of industrial, communication and interior architecture and design.

The Kimdaejung Convention Center will be the main conference venue

“Korea's enthusiasm for design innovation and the growth of its design industry are exceeded only by the involvement of its citizens in the design process,” said Rieh Sang-kyun, President of the Korea Craft & Design Foundation, which co-led the bid with Gwangju Metropolitan City. “We are thrilled to be able to share our enthusiasm for design with the participants of the 2015 IDA Congress and look forward to showcasing the inclusive, innovative and sustainable aspects of design."

Gwangju was selected by the IDA Executive Committee, which consists of the following representatives from the three international partner organisations: Shashi Caan, IFI President (United States); Brandon Gien, Icsid President-Elect (Australia); Gitte Just, Icograda Treasurer (Denmark); Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, Icsid Senator (Germany); Prof. Lawrence Zeegen, Icograda Vice President (United Kingdom); and Madeline Lester, IFI Past President (Australia).

For the past two decades, South Korea has been extremely active in international design exchanges and its government has set its sights on a future that capitalizes on design as a growth driver in all sectors.

The 2013 IDA Congress will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from November 15-17 with the theme “Design Dialects.” It will cover the value of design-based collaboration between the disciplines of industrial design, communication design, interior architecture/design with government leaders, INGO's, business, science and technology, education and the social sciences.

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