It is a recognition that Geelong has historically been, and will continue to be, shaped and influenced by design.
In June 2017, we submitted an application to have Geelong recognised by UNESCO; The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (through their Creative Cities Network) as a City of Design.
This project was undertaken with direct input
and financial support of Creative Victoria, Deakin University, Creative Futures
and the Australian Centre for Innovation and Design, with support and collaboration
of key local stakeholders, including the Committee for Geelong, G21 and the Geelong
Chamber of Commerce.
Visit the Creative City of Design Geelong website for full details.
To be considered a
Creative City, Geelong needed to satisfy a set of criteria, set
out by UNESCO. On 31 October, Geelong was announced as part
of the 64 city intake for 2017.
What is the UNESCO Creative Cities Network?
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in
2004. The aim of the Network is to make
creativity an essential driver for sustainable urban renewal and development.
Today, the Network comprises 180 cities from 73 countries, working together
towards common objectives:
- Placing creativity and cultural industries at the
core of development plans at the local level.
- Actively cooperating through
inter-city partnerships at the international level.
To foster partnerships and
synergy, the UCCN cities are designated in one of the seven creative fields
covered by the Network:
- crafts and folk art
- media arts.
Geelong's design heritage
Our history has been filled
with many Australian and world design firsts. Some Geelong inventions or designs have changed the world.
Geelong is the home of
the first designed commercial refrigeration (James Harrison 1851). The Ford 'ute', which is the forerunner to the modern SUV, was designed by Lew Bandt and
built here in 1934.
There is the Hills Hoist, which was a
staple in so many Australian backyards in the mid to late twentieth century.
Geelong is also the birth place
and home of a number of significant world renowned design practitioners,
- Stuart Devlin, AO, CMG. Stuart has long been recognised as a leader
in gold and silver design, developing new techniques that paved the way for
designers across the world. Stuart was
granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment as Goldsmith and Jeweller to Her
Majesty the Queen. His commissions have
included design of coins and medals for 36 countries.
- Grant Featherston, the 'game
changing' designer of modern furniture. Featherston's most famous pieces were
his Contour series, designed in the early 1950's, and the 'ahead of its time' Talking Chair, which debuted at the 1967 Montreal World Expo.
Architecturally, Geelong exhibits
a wonderful mix of classic 'Boom Time' civic and industrial buildings, many of
which have been maintained, but repurposed for modern usages. These sit comfortably
beside the stunning, contemporary designed Waterfront precinct, which has
been created to provide the perfect intersection between the human, land and
maritime influences of this wonderful coastal asset.
Design remains a driver of the
Geelong economic and creative sectors, with Ford Motor Company committing its
resources to the Geelong based Hi-Tech Design, Innovation and Research
Centre. Deakin University's Carbon Nexus
and the Australian Future Fibres Research Innovation Centre, providing world
leading materials based around applied design.
Other Creative Cities of Design
are currently 30 other UNESCO Cities of Design around the world, eight of these
were included in the 2017
- Bandung - Indonesia
- Beijing - China
- Berlin - Germany
- Bilbao -
- Brasilia – Brazil (2017)
- Budapest - Hungary
- Buenos Aires - Argentina
- Cape Town – South Africa (2017)
- Curitiba - Brazil
- Detroit - USA
- Dubai –
United Arab Emirates (2017)
- Dundee – Scotland
- Graz - Austria
- Helsinki -
- Istanbul –
- Kaunas - Lithuania
- Kobe - Japan
- Kolding – Denmark (2017)
- Kortrijk – Belgium (2017)
- Mexico City – Mexico (2017)
- Montreal - Canada
- Nagoya -
- Peubla - Mexico
- Saint-Etienne - France
- Seoul - South Korea
- Shenzhen - China
- Singapore - Singapore
- Turin – Italy
- Wuhan – China (2017)
This is an initiative by the City of Greater Geelong's Economic Development unit. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.