Cities and Design: Design Driven Futures Call for Candidates – Bilbao

June 28, 2019

The Bilbao Bizkaia Design Week (BBDW) is an annual event that aims to promote design and the creative industries as a factor of economic development and international projection of the Bizkaia region. It is organised by the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and Bilbao City Council through the Bilbao Bizkaia Design Council (BIDC), which this year takes place from 14 to 21 November2019.

Purpose of the call

In its fifth edition, the BIDC launches a call for professionals and initiatives from the 31 design cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which, in a collaborative manner, create and prototype future scenarios offering an answer to the challenges facing our cities.

This call intends to form an international team of designers who will participate in a workshop (charrette) to propose solutions to the issues targeted by the theme.

The team will consist of one professional from Bilbao/Bizkaia and two professionals from one of the UNESCO Cities of Design.

This year's theme: FUTURE US! Design driven futures

FUTURE US! Design driven futures is the theme for this edition and the conceptual framework for this call. The BIDC seek to enrich the discussions about the challenges posed by economic and cultural globalisation, the environmental crisis, new technologies and the growing competitiveness between cities to attract economic investment and talent.

We live in a world in which overestimation of the ephemeral, the immediate, places us under great adaptive pressure. Addressing the current situation requires firm interweaving of creative knowledge in the design process of new narratives that serve as a base for the development of solutions that provide an answer to the complexity of a hyperconnected world.

Participant profile

Professionals who work in the design sector or similar, interested in reflecting on the future of cities and addressing the challenges from a design perspective. They should have training and experience in the design methodologies applicable to this call.

Applicants must be available to travel and stay in Bilbao in November (approximately from 10 to 16th November).

Selection Process and International Team

Montréal invites candidates interested in this call to submit their applications to the Montréal pre-selection jury. This jury will review the applications received and select one (1) nomination to be submitted to the BBDW19 coordinating team.

Montréal will announce the result of the selection on or before August 1, 2019.

Subsequently, the BBDW19 coordinating team will contact the two selected candidates and put them in contact with the selected candidate in Bilbao. The team will be invited to prepare a workshop related to the theme of this event Design driven futures. This workshop will be held in Bilbao a few days before the start of the BBDW19.

The results of the collaborative work will be presented at the Cities&Design 2019 conference on 14 November 2019. The results could also be presented during the design week.

Montréal pre-selection jury

The Montréal jury responsible for recommending a candidate to the BBDW19 coordination team is composed of:

  • Pierre Gaufre, Economic Development Advisor - Structuring Projects, direction de la Mise en valeur des pôles économiques, Service du développement économique of the Ville de Montréal
  • Thomas-Bernard Kenniff, Professor, École de design, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Cécile Vergier, Commissioner of Economic Development - Social Innovation, direction de l'Entrepreneuriat, Service du développement économique of the Ville de Montréal


Candidates must demonstrate knowledge, motivation and work experience related to the subject of the call. The application must be composed of:

Interested candidates must submit their application by email by July 17, 2019, noon, Montréal time, to

Conditions and prize

The BBDW19 organisation will :

  • cover travel and accommodation costs;
  • offer the participants a 800 euros expenses grant;
  • prepare a programme for the participants for that week to allow them to discover the creative ecosystem of Bizkaia and make relevant professional contacts.

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