The World Design Organization (WDO)™  announced that Lille, France and Sydney, Australia have made the shortlist to become World Design Capital® 2020, for their effective use of design to drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental development in their cities.

The WDC 2020 Selection Committee, comprising international experts in the field of design, urban planning, and economic and social development, evaluated the city bids and established the shortlist.

“We are inspired by the way these cities have used design to improve their citizens’ lives,” said Mugendi M’Rithaa, WDO President and member of the WDC Selection Committee. “Both have demonstrated their commitment to the design process—its focus on the end users and the environment in which they live—as a critical tool for resolving some of our biggest urban challenges.”