Saint-Étienne designated UNESCO City of Design

02 December 2010
Saint-Étienne (France) - The city of Saint-Étienne, France, has joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Design. The announcement was made at the opening of the Jacques Cartier Conference on 23 November 2010.
Saint-Étienne (France) - The city of Saint-Étienne, France, has joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Design. The announcement was made at the opening of the Jacques Cartier Conference on 23 November 2010.

Saint-Étienne has constantly made efforts to reinvent itself through design with the support of small and medium-sized creative enterprises and concrete initiatives dedicated to design such as the Cité du design and the International Design Biennale. These experiences will contribute to strengthening the exchange and collaboration of the UNESCO Design Cities. Other cities of the Network are also expected to benefit from Saint-Etienne’s example, particularly from its vision and commitment towards progressive social change through sustainable design values.

This nomination was prepared by the Cité du design in conjunction with the various departments of the City of Saint-Étienne, de la Métropole and the EPASE.

This designation represents major international recognition for Saint-Étienne and becomes a determining factor in changing the image of this city and its cultural, social and economic development.

Saint-Étienne is the first French city and second European city to be designated as a "Design City" within the Creative Cities Network:
  • Buenos Aires - 24 August 2005
  • Berlin - 2 November 2005
  • Montreal - 6 June 2006
  • Nagoya - 1 October 2008
  • Kobe - 1 October 2008
  • Shenzhen - 1 November 2008
  • Shanghai - 12 March 2010
  • Seoul - 20 July 2010
  • Saint-Étienne - 21 November 2010
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For more information, please contact:

Cité du design
3, rue Javelin Pagnon
42000 Saint-Étienne
France
T: +33 4 77 49 74 70
F: +33 4 77 49 74 71

About the Cité du design

The Cité du design, a public establishment set up in 2005 by the Saint-Étienne City and its agglomeration Saint-Etienne Métropole, aims to develop the uses and the benefits of design by increasing the meeting opportunities between professionals of the area, companies and private individuals.
www.citedudesign.com