History, Goals and Event
The World Congress on Art Deco is an initiative commenced by the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) in 1993. MDPL owns the name and the corporate logo for the World Congress. At the formal bi-annual meeting of ICADS, sponsor societies seeking to host a future Congress (ie in four years) can submit nominations, which are considered and voted on at the meeting. The meeting also ratifies the next World Congress (in two years time).
A World Congress is intended to provide a forum for the world-wide exchange and promotion of ideas and information about Art Deco. The goals are:
- To promote the understanding of Art Deco as a worldwide design movement
- To identify sites and monuments around the world
- To network preservation groups
- To promote the conservation and preservation of sites and monuments
- To utilise Art Deco as an opportunity for economic development through tourism
- To raise the public awareness of Art Deco
Each Congress consists of 4-5 days of formal presentations, structured tours, and social events. Pre-Congress and post-Congress programmes (generally consisting of 3 day tours) are also developed and conducted in cities reasonably close to the Congress site.
The next World Congress will be held in Shanghai, China November 2015.