Our work with public players and our support to communities

Our design management mission for local authorities and public institutions


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Design is a tool enabling local authorities and government departments to transform public action. Over the last ten years, it has been recognized as an essential factor in regional competitiveness. It is also a powerful driver for making public action more efficient and better adapted to the needs of users. Through its design management mission, the Cité du Design is supporting the projects of local authorities and public institutions to improve the use of public services, to create collective solutions, to promote design for all and to imagine the public action of tomorrow.

Saint-Étienne, design pioneer

With the creation of the Cité du design, Saint-Étienne Métropole and the city of Saint-Étienne are the very first French local authorities to have created a design manager function to support them in the design of their public services and facilities. With its city, a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities of Design network, Saint-Étienne Métropole is establishing itself as the reference in Europe for the transformation of territories through design.

Saint-Étienne, UNESCO City of design

Saint-Étienne Chateaucreux train station plaza

Our support to public action

As part of its mission, the Cité du design brings its design management expertise to projects carried out by public actors in the context of public contracts. It provides support for the design of public services, products and equipment. It helps to improve the quality and performance of public services provided to users.

Our service offer: design to innovateDesign management for the public players

Working promesses, Biennale Internationale Design St-Etienne 2017

Fields of intervention and achievements

The Cité du design provides its tools for community projects: facilities and buildings open to the public (town halls, schools, day care centers, museums, cultural centers, associations, universities, industry), public spaces (urban development, squares and parks, city center, lighting, graphic identity and signage) or services to the public (transportation, waste management, city policy, information and public accommodation).

Banc d'essai 2017, Confident pour confidences,entreprise Sotralinox - Célia de la Fontaine & Alexandre Ciaux. © J. Bescos& A. Caunes

Nathalie Arnould, design manager

The Cité du design's design management guides

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