Five City of Design awarded by UNESCO
Early this December, UNESCO awarded 5 cities under the label “City of Design”, for their contribution to the world design industry.
To achieve City of Design status, cities must meet criteria defined by UNESCO that includes having a thriving design industry fed by design schools and research centres, and practising groups of creators and designers.
Interesting, at least three of the cities share a similar past and path: from industrial towns to modern capitals of culture, and, of course, design. Bilbao with its successful case of conversation from heavy industry to the European home for the Guggenheim Museum, Torino, in Italy, from the nest to automotive industry in Italy (FIAT is from there) to one of the most interesting, thriving Italian cultural cities. And Dundee, where the shipyards manufacturing has been the largest employer till the 1980s.
Good cases to be studied and remembered when we plan the Future Cities from scratch.
The other awarded cities are Curitiba in Brazil and Helsinki in Finland.