UNESCO launched a project in order to recognize the cities around the world with relevance in some specific fields. This project is called Creative Cities Network and Design is one of the main fields. Here you can find UNESCO’S selection of the world’s best Cities of Design.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
It is not a surprise that Seoul was chosen by UNESCO as one of the cities of design. This city is focused on a mechanical design sector, which involves IT services, digital home appliances, and the automotive industry.
Shanghai was the first city in China to open design, film, and music studios. At the end of 2013, Shanghai counted more than 87 Creative Clusters, 4000 design-related agencies and institutions, 283 art institutions, 239 art and cultural community centers, and 100 museums.
After the devastating Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, Kobe has been using a strong interpersonal ties and creativity in order to restructure itself. Kobe Biennale is the city’s art and cultural festival, which aims to redefine ideas in traditional art and it helped the city being chosen by UNESCO as one of the world’s best cities of design.
Montreal is the largest metropolis in Quèbec, Canada. This city was chosen as one of the cities of design because there are more than 25,000 professionals working in design and it’s home to a number of design and architecture venues including Montréal Museum of Fine Arts and the Maison de l’architecture du Quebec.
Nagoya hosts the World Design Exposition and is the home to International Design Centre Nagoya. Besides that, the city has been placing design, for the last years, at the forefront of its development. Thus, it is natural that this city was chosen as one of the cities of design.
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In 2013, Saint-Ètienne was the recipient of the Design Management Europe award because it is recognized as a leader through its implementation of design strategies in companies and public policies and services.
Shenzhen was chosen by UNESCO as one of the cities of design mainly because they have more than 6000 design firms and this city became China’s largest production base for women’s clothing.
In the last years, Turin has been redefining itself by recreating the urban spaces and supporting artists. Turin’s Creative Network Steering Committee is a collaborative effort of the public, private, and academic sectors to enhance and unite the city’s talents.
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