Located in the centre of Japan, Nagoya is the capital of the Aichi prefecture. The region is home to 49 universities and museums and counts over 2 million inhabitants. Leading engineers from all over the country have gathered here and have created advanced designs and technology, such as mechanical dolls that are the foundation of today’s Monozukuri manufacturing.
As early as 1989 Nagoya has put design at the forefront of its development. Since then, the municipality has focused on community building, product manufacturing and the fostering of human resources. In Nagoya, design is synonymous with humanism, a philosophy that aims to achieve lasting peace by combining activities directed towards a new way of life, human wisdom, as well as techniques and technologies that have been evolving since antiquity.
Over the years Nagoya has organized various major international design conferences, such as the World Design Exposition and has established the International Design Centre NAGOYA. This centre is intended to promote the design sector through several initiatives including the “creator’s shops”, which support the work of young designers; the gallery showcasing a collection of American Art Deco; and the Design Gallery, an open space for exhibitions by designers and other creators. Equipped with a multi-purpose hall, seminar rooms and the “Design Lab” incubation offices, the centre serves as a comprehensive support base for design. It leverages an international network aiming at the development of a wide variety of creative enterprises.
As a Creative City of Design, Nagoya envisages:
- creating opportunities for the next generation: setting up collaborations between businesses and schools to discover and develop talented young designers in order to invigorate regional industry; and promoting partnerships between citizens and the design sector;
- expanding the city’s environmental efforts: Nagoya has overcome major environmental issues through the restructuring of its garbage disposal system and through extensive awareness raising campaigns developed in cooperation with civil society. In the future, Nagoya will implement a variety of projects aimed at the creation of a “recycling society” and the development of an eco-friendly city; and
- networking with diverse cultures: Cooperating with other members of the Creative Cities Network, Nagoya is determined to establish a global perspective with young designers, and engage in new projects together.