Designs on Future of City UNESCO Status

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Designs on the future of Dundee’s UNESCO status are set to be outlined to councillors.

The policy and resources committee will consider a report asking for financial support to be approved to allow work to continue on Dundee’s unique UK position as a UNESCO City of Design.

The prestigious designation was awarded in 2014, giving Dundee admission to a worldwide creative cities network.

A report will highlight how major projects over the past few years have connected design with Dundee communities, as well as showcasing the city’s talents to an international audience.

City council leader John Alexander believes the City of Design status is helping change Dundee for the better.

He said: “For a small city, Dundee is able to reach a global audience through our design talent and UNESCO status. This access is expanding the profile of our city, promoting our ambitions and offering exciting new possibilities.

“The city UNESCO team is also connecting with communities by going out to local areas and encouraging participation.

“I was delighted to see that this year’s design festival was adapted to meet the challenges imposed by the pandemic by taking design to our people in a series of ‘Design Houses’.

“The UNESCO team’s high-profile contribution to the Union Street Spaces for People pedestrianisation and the Stobswell pocket parks are superb examples of how design can contribute to neighbourhood change.

“I am excited by the opportunities that lie ahead if we can continue this dynamic approach that also helps to lever in additional funds to fund further activities.

“I believe that the UNESCO City of Design status is a badge of honour for Dundee that everyone living here should be proud to wear.”      

The committee will hear that discussions are ongoing with existing partners; Abertay University, Leisure & Culture Dundee, Northwood Charitable Trust, V&A Dundee, and The University of Dundee.

All have indicated that they wish to continue to support the implementation of Dundee’s UNESCO City of Design designation, subject to approval by the local authority.

The committee is being asked to agree support of £60,000 for 2022 / 2023 as year one of a further three-year commitment as Dundee City Council’s contribution to partnership funding to secure the future of the UNESCO designation and support its development.

Councillors will also hear that this year, V&A Dundee and UNESCO City of Design began a new partnership, This means that V&A Dundee hosts the designation on behalf of partners to ensure that resources, reach and ambitions for design and Dundee are brought together.

The policy & resources committee meets on Monday December 6.

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