Forum UNESCO Creative Cities of Design Saint-Etienne 2013EmpathiCITY, Making our City Togetherfrom 13th to 17th March 2013
Saint-Etienne, designated UNESCO City of Design in 2010, invited the UNESCO Creative Cities of Design network to take part in the International Design Biennial 2013 Saint-Etienne.

Designers , project managers, and elected representatives from 11 UNESCO cities of design network members: Buenos Aires, Berlin, Montreal, Nagoya, Kobe, Shenzhen, Seoul, Shanghai, Saint-Etienne, Graz and Beijing will participate in the Forum organized by the Cité du design Saint-Etienne from 13th to 17th March 2013.

The program "EmpathiCITY, Making our City Together" (Curators : Josyane Franc & Laetitia Wolff) aims to recognize design's transformative power as a tool for social cohesion and enable the network through:

  • An exhibition on the site of the Cité du Design
  • A conference Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at Museum of Modern Art (MAM), free and open to all those interested in this topic
  • A Pecha Kucha Night Saturday, March 16th 2013 at 4pm with designers from UNESCO cites of design in the auditorium of the Cité du Design Platin, free and open to all
  • Workshops, visits , exchanges and a sub-network meeting on 16th March. (program reserved)

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Launched in October 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is neither a label nor a competition. Its purpose is to promote the cultural, social and economic development of cities in both the developed and developing world. It also encourages the development of creative hubs and the sharing of knowledge, experiences and skills that local authorities in particular possess.

The network currently brings together thirty-four cities around seven themes: literature, cinema, music, folk arts, design, digital arts and gastronomy. The Seoul Declaration, signed in November 2011, is a commitment to cooperation between the members of this network with the aim of increasing creativity in urban practices in order to promote sustainable cities, develop creative economies and improve the quality of citizens' living environments.

Innovation SquareForum Design & Innovation14th and 15th March 2013
Cité du design
The first edition of the Forum Design & Innovation responds to the wishes of managers, designers, and marketing managers looking to be present in the field of innovation, by creating an original space for exchanging ideas. The event will be sponsored by Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation for Economic Trends, via a video conference. The professionals will take part in conferences, round-tables and workshops. They will share their ideas on the evolution of the role of the user in design, and will experiment with techniques of co-creation. During these workshop/training sessions visits of Biennial exhibitions will be organized to present the innovative products and services on show.

Symposium reserved for professional actors, with registration fees

In partnership with the Caisse des Dépôts and Tarkett