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In December 2019, Saint-Étienne, a Creative City of Design in France, presented the outcomes of national programme “Design Assembly” to the French Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Culture. “Design Assembly”, coordinated by the Cité of Design in Saint-Étienne, aimed at analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the French design ecosystem, in order to outline a national comprehensive strategy for French design.
A look back at the International Design Biennial Saint-Étienne 2019 featuring China as guest of honour
Organized by Saint-Étienne, a UNESCO Creative City of Design in France, from 21 March to 22 April 2019, the 11th International Design Biennial featured China as the red thread of this edition. Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing and Wuhan, the four UNESCO Creative Cities of Design from China, were the guests of honour of the event. 115 delegates from 14 Chinese cities participated in the Biennale, and highlighted the common grounds between China and the international design stage.
The International Design Biennial of Saint-Etienne will be celebrating its 11th edition from 21 March to 22 April 2019. Around the theme ME/YOU/NOUS: Designing common ground, the event will represent an opportunity to reflect upon the following question: How can design facilitate exchanges in proposing new connections, new spaces and services and even rethink objects?
Since 2014, the Human Cities network has been working on "Challenging the City Scale" a pan-European project led by Cité du design Saint-Étienne and supported by the Creative Europe programme to question the urban scale and investigate co-creation in cities. The Human Cities partners have carried out urban experimentations in 11 European cities empowering citizens to rethink the spaces in which they live, work and spend their leisure time. "Challenging the City Scale" is the story of their experience and cooperation.
Since 2014, the project Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale, coordinated by Cité du design, Saint-Etienne, gathers European 12 partners from 11 cities, including 6 UNESCO Creative Cities. Co-financed by the programme Creative Europe of European Union, the project explores how inhabitants (re)invent the contemporary city and experiment its scales.
In March 2017, the city of Saint-Etienne staged a month long regeneration project focusing on the development of La République Street. Aligned with the International Biennial of Design, the city funded the restoration of 20 commercial buildings with the hope of transforming the street into a thriving area providing social and economic benefit.
Saint-Etienne, UNESCO City of Design, has participated to the 3rd edition of Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SDAY) organized by SDPA in autumn 2017Since the creation of this Award in 2013, the Cité du design promoted the award amongst local young designers, organized a local jury, and for and allow Saint-Etienne to win 4 Award on 21 in total on January 2018 , as in 2013 and 2015:
For a week now, until 7 January 2018, Saint-Étienne’s exhibition “Are You Talking to Me? – Uses and practices of connected objects” runs in the Cité du design of the Creative City. First set-up at the occasion of the XIth UCCN Annual Meeting in Enghien-les Bains, France, held from 30 June to 2 July 2017, the exhibition shows the artworks of 11 Cities of Design, with the objective to promote the creative potential of the Network’s artists.
Five designer from Saint-Etienne were present for the First Shenzhen Design week from 21 to 28 April 2017 on the thematic “Design for the future”: Fabien Barrero- Carsenat, Alix Briffaud, Cahen & Gregori, Bruno Lefebvre and Philippe Moine.
Saint-Etienne, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, chose Detroit, its counterpart designated in 2015, as the guest of honor of the 10th International Design Biennial of Saint-Etienne, held from 9 March to 9 April 2017.