Helsinki announces a year of programming as the World Design Capital 2012.

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As we’ve all heard by now, Helsinki was selected as the World Design Capital 2012, and at the preview event last Friday, WDC Helsinki Development Director Ms. Sanna-Mari Jäntti revealed the full spread of programming that will be incorporated with the fabric of daily life in Helsinki and surrounding cities: Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti. The theme, Open Helsinki – Embedding Design in Life, focuses on city development by challenging the typical definition of the word ‘design.’ Design does not only refer to arts and crafts or architecture; 80% of the WDC Helsinki programming involves public services, education, transportation, business, etcetera. “Intelligent Design,” the service design project in Helsinki University Library launching in January, aims to create a coherent, user-oriented and flexible service concept for the library in addition to a web-based developer community. Later in June, “Helsinki Summer School” will offer high-quaity academic programs on design, combined with a wide range of cultural and social activities.

The programming also includes exhibitions, events, workshops and seminars, as well a pop-up section in New York’s very own Museum of Art and Design’s store — New York is a satellite city for WDC2012 — that will be up until October 28th. Learn more and stay updated with the mobile app designed by FJORD especially for WDC Helsinki that will soon be available on a variety of mobile devices.

And as was mentioned many times as the preview event — visit Helsinki! Architect Steven Holl said that going to Finland changed his life, so it may just change yours, too.

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