Dundee - UNESCO City of Design

Dundee has been named the UK's first City of Design by the United Nations.

The city has been recognised by UNESCO for its diverse contributions to fields including medical research, comics and video games.

The City of Design designation has previously been awarded to 12 cities, including Beijing, Berlin and Montreal.

Dundee was added to the UNESCO grouping of "creative cities" alongside European cities Turin, Helsinki, Bilbao and Curitiba in Brazil.

The title recognises the design innovations Dundee has contributed to the world, including aspirin, biomedical research which has led to hundreds of new cancer drugs, comics including the Beano and Dandy, orange marmalade, and video games including Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto.

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Watch a short film on why Dundee is the UK's first UNESCO City of Design

What does it mean for Dundee?

Identity & Image Economic Benefits - jobs, tourism, conferences, academic posts, teaching, business opportunities
Confidence Social Outcomes - civic pride, self-esteem, city image, inward investment, retention of students and young professionals, changed social profile
Ambition Educational - the next generation, the city's reputation, investment, global recognition

For more information visit www.dundeecityofdesign.com

Dundee City Council is committeed to the aims and values of UNESCO City of Design Dundee.

UNESCO Cities of Design

  • Beijing, China
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Graz, Austria
  • Kobe, Japan
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Nagoya, Japan
  • Saint-Etienne, France
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Shanghai, China
  • Shenzen, China
  • Bilbao, Spain
  • Dundee, United Kingdom
  • Curitiba, Brazil
  • Turin, Italy
  • Helsinki, Finland

Dundee - UNESCO City of Design

  • Dundee's submission had to set out its design heritage and commitment to design - its past
  • Its current design activity - the present
  • Its design ambitions - our future
  • Dundee had to secure the support of six of the existing Cities of Design
  • Dundee was in competition with 50 other global cities to join the City of Design network in 2014

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