Lille World Design Capital 2020, laboratory for Proof of Concepts

Participated prototyping is at the heart of the annual program of the French metropolis, which looks at design as an inclusive method to generate virtuous effects on the territory.

A design week, 6 international exhibitions, two summer camps, forums and conferences: these are some of the initiatives put in place by the city of Lille, which in 2020 will pick up the baton of World Design Capital from Mexico City thanks to an ambitious project for transversal urban regeneration.

In order to disseminate the importance of design as a driver of change, the French cross-border metropolis – 200,000 inhabitants in the city and over two million in the wider metropolitan area, an important industrial past and a reconversion in services still in progress – seems to be looking to Agile methods as a means to generate a virtuous and proactive spin-offs. At the heart of its program, in fact, are the 500 "Proofs of Concept", alias 500 prototypes developed by designers and local actors, which aim to stimulate citizenship through specific solutions, conceived and implemented from below.

The outcome of this project call will be presented from April through five stations – called Maison POC – dedicated respectively to the themes of public policies, housing, care, collaborative city and circular economy. Inedited fab labs of political culture, the Maisons are preparing to transform themselves into open-air incubators, identifying opportunities to mend the territory’s rifts and working in synergy on social and urban regeneration through an active and confident awareness.

Lille Design Capital 2020
Lille, France

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