UNESCO has inaugurated 47 new cities into its Creative Cities Network, with Detroit being selected as the first "City of Design" from the United States. The Creative Cities Network is a selection of cities across the world that promote the creation of creative and cultural industries, within the categories of crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music.
Following other United States cities to be added to the list this year, including Austin for Media Arts and Tucson for Gastronomy, Detroit has been made the first city in the US to be inducted into the network for design. Other Cities of Design from the recent addition to the network include Budapest and Singapore.
“Design continues to play a significant role in our economy, and it was important that our application reflect our city’s contributions to the golden design community, both historically and today,” Ellie Schneider, Interim Executive Director of the Detroit Creative Corridor, told Architectural Digest.
A total of 116 cities currently make up the network, and the aim is to “foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy,” states UNESCO.
See the full list of added cities here.