Asian designers to tackle climate change, digital economy in Cebu

The Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), said the upcoming 13th Asia Design Sharing Council Meeting and Seminar (ADSCMS) in Cebu City will bring together nine design organizations from seven Asian countries including the Philippines to discuss climate change and the digital economy.

The ADSCMS, to be held on Nov. 22 to 24, is an annual gathering of nine leading design organizations representing Indonesia, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

In line with the Asian Design council’s agenda for climate change, the event will engage participants in sharing invaluable insights, setting new industry standards, exchanging visionary policies, and forging paths toward collaborative opportunities.

This year's theme, "Emerging Design for Emergencies" underscores the often taken for granted potential of creativity, the digital economy, technology and design in urgently addressing climate change in some of the world's most vulnerable countries.  

DCP Executive Director Rhea Matute said that the ADSCMS 2023 is a great opportunity for Cebu and the whole country to showcase its design and innovation community and to learn more from other Asian countries about how design can be used to address climate change.  

"Hosting the Asia Design Sharing Council Meeting and Seminar 2023 in Cebu is a testament to the city's vibrant design innovation ecosystem,” Matute said.

“Cebu's UNESCO Creative City of Design status and its proactive approach to addressing environmental challenges, particularly in the realm of design make it an ideal platform for meaningful discussions and collaborations,” she added.

Cebu was selected for its dedication to creative and sustainable solutions, as the city government actively promotes sustainability and addresses climate change through various initiatives.

These include a ban on single-use plastics, a green building program, and a strong commitment to renewable energy.

“Design really evolves depending on what are the pressing issues of the day, but no matter what it is, it’s really about crafting human-centric solutions to real world problems using the same principles of sustainability, inclusivity, co-creation, community, and collaboration,” UNESCO City of Design Focal Point Butch Carungay said. 

In addition, the three-day event includes roundtable discussion, Cebu design tour, field visits and networking.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore the latest design trends and innovations and exchange experiences in using design for positive impact. 

The Asia Design Sharing Council’s (ADSC) commitment to promoting design excellence and its role in addressing social, environmental and economic challenges has made it a cornerstone of the Asian design community.

Looking ahead, the ADSC remains steadfast in its mission to elevate design and its impact on the world, shaping a future where design plays a pivotal role in creating a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous Asia.

"We are excited to gather creative minds from across Asia in this dynamic setting to explore 'Emerging Design for Emergencies' and propel our shared vision for a sustainable future," Matute said.