Lille Metropole, named World Design Capital 2020

On 14th October 2017, Lille Metropole was designated by World Design Organization (WDO) to be World Design Capital in 2020.

What is World Design Capital?

The World Design Capital® (WDC) is designated every two years by the World Design Organization to recognize a city’s innovative use of design to strengthen economic, social, cultural and environmental development.

The World Design Capital provides a platform to showcase best practices in design-led urban policy and innovation in different domains as public transports, sustainable infrastructure, demographic evolution, mobility, renewable energies, inclusive and transparent governance, and many more.

First launched in Torino (Italy) in 2008, WDC has also been awarded to Seoul (South Korea) in 2010, Helsinki (Finland) in 2012, Cape Town (South Africa) in 2014 and Taipei in WDC 2016. Mexico City is WDC 2018. In 2020, Lille Metropole will be the first french city to become World Design Capital®.

A process of transformation for Lille Métropole

The specificity of our candidature is to propose a design-driven process of change for the territory. Our project has a name : La République du Design.

Stakeholders of Lille Métropole – entrepreneurs, local authorities, cultural and educational stakeholders, and citizens – will be gathered within this collaborative and large-scale ecosystem. Lille Metropole will become an experimenting area where everyone will be supported by designers to realize their projects called POC (Proof of Concept). Engagement of all stakeholders will increase the economic, ecological et social transformation of Lille Métropole.

Lille Metropole key facts

inhabitants of the municipal area



companies head offices above 500 employees

Let’s POC together

Want to take part of La République du Design?
The POC I.D is the first step of deployment of your project for 2020. Download the POC I.D, share your preliminary ideas for a project and send it back to us by email. Information provided does not confirm your project will be accepted. Proposals will serve as a basis of discussion with our team and designers.

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If you want to develop a project for Lille Metropole 2020, World Design Capital, download the POC I.D, download the POC I.D, describe your project and share it with us by email:

If you want to learn more about World Design Capital Lille Metropole 2020’s proposed programme, download the lille—design paper #3.