Taipei is the only city that submitted a bid for the World Design Capital 2016, meaning that it will most likely be awarded the title.
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) announced that last time around the submissions were up to three contestants.
However, the World Design Capital selection committee assured that they are not discouraged by the lack of submissions for its fifth edition and “will leverage this opportunity to focus its assessment on the viability of the application.”
Up until now, Taipei’s application has passed the first phase of evaluation with an official announcement to be made by September.
If Taipei fails the qualifications, the repercussions for the World Design Capital are still unknown.
The World Design Capital was established in 2008 in order to “focus on the broader essence of design’s impact on urban spaces, economies and citizens.”
Next year, Cape Town is set to become the World Design Capital, following its previous winners including Helsinki, Seoul and Turin.