UNESCO creative cities network

Saint-Etienne UNESCO City of design

Saint-Etienne became a UNESCO City of design on the 22nd November 2010.


With a rich history linked to industrial modernity, a region of creators and inventors, Saint-Etienne is a constantly evolving city, driven by a dynamic combining art and industry.

Thanks to concrete initiatives such as the creation of the Cité du design and the International Design Biennial, Saint-Etienne has adopted design as a factor of urban transformation and a lever of economic development. Drawing on the creativity of its region, and on the commitment of the public and industrial sectors, the city has re-invented itself by leading its important fabric of small and medium sized enterprises towards innovation and the improvement, through design, of the quality of the living environment of its citizens. Research developed by the Cité du design on the subject of new lifestyles has positioned the city as the French design laboratory, and a city of innovation, sustainability and solidarity. Saint-Etienne seeks to share its experience and competence with the other UNESCO cities of design to confront contemporary changes in society and the central questions that today's cities must deal with.
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The UNESCO creative cities of design

  • Buenos Aires - 24/08/2005
  • Berlin - 02/11/2005
  • Montreal - 06/06/2006
  • Kobe - 01/10/2008
  • Nagoya- 01/10/2008
  • Shenzhen - 01/11/2008
  • Shanghai - 12/03/2010
  • Seoul - 20/07/2010
  • Saint-Etienne - 22/11/2010
  • Graz - 14/03/2011
  • Pekin - 12/05/2012
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The positioning of Saint-Etienne

As the first French city to integrate the UNESCO network of cities of design, Saint-Etienne has chosen a regional development which associates art and industry, capitalizing on its pioneer history in the field of industry, its creative enterprises, and its policy of development through design. The positioning of Saint-Etienne aims to put creativity at the service of people, at the heart of society's development.