The World Design Cities Conference (WDCC) 2022 was held in Shanghai from September 15 to 18, the city seeks to develop into a global design center.
On September 15, with the support of the UCCN Secretariat, the Unesco Creative Cities Summit in Shanghai highlighted the impact of design policy: Challenge and Innovation.
The summit invited mayors or deputy mayors of design cities : Asahikawa, Saint Etienne, Turin and Montreal as well as 6 representatives from Dundee, Graz, Seoul, Bandung, Dubai, Cape Town to share expertise on design policies, initiatives and approaches to stimulate innovation and address challenges.
Marc Chassaubéné, Vice President of Saint-Etienne Métropole in charge of design and digital, Deputy for culture at the City of Saint-Etienne and President of the Cité du design Esadse illustrated the subject with the policy of Saint-Etienne.
Shanghai and Saint-Etienne joined the Unesco Creative Cities Network the same year, in November 2010. And since then, they have a rich and fruitful collaboration within this network and between the 2 creative cities.
For example, in 2019, Shanghai and the 3 Chinese design cities were guests of honor of the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne. Like Shanghai, Saint-Etienne is a changing city that has adopted design as a tool for changing the living environment, economic development and as a driver for the territory.
Saint-Etienne's experience in public policy design is significant. This is evidenced by the existence of a design manager position since 2011, the creation of a Higher National Diploma of Plastic Expression in Design Management of Public Policies by the Saint-Etienne School of Art and Design, and the Cité du design 2025 project.
Cité du design 2025 will be a unique district in France and in Europe, a benchmark for the intersection of the arts, design and the urban environment.