I’ve purchased a fancy red Moleskine sketchbook for $25. This is unusual behaviour for me as I tend towards the black, run-of-the mill, anything-recycled variety. But this is a special occasion. I am attending Design Inquiry Montréal an exploration of the ‘Design City.’
DesignInquiry is a non-profit educational organization devoted to researching design issues in intensive team-based gatherings. An alternative to the design conference, it brings together practitioners from disparate fields to generate new work and ideas around a single topic.
Our single topic is DesignCity: Montréal – an expedition exploring a landscape that flags itself as developed and designed.
I am joining a group of 25 designers to explore the city. Together we will come up with interpretations for why Montréal’s peoples, places and things coalesce into the panoply of architecture, urban systems, typography, events, institutions, etc that form the only designated UNESCO ‘City of Design’ in North America.
Montréal UNESCO City of Design
The City of Design designation is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities designation. I asked DESIGN 21 Director, Haruko Smith if this initiative is related to the UNESCO partnership with the Design 21 site. This is what she said:
"There is no direct link between the two programs. Yet, the link is obvious: we connect the world through design. DESIGN21 is for individuals, NGOs and NPOs, and companies, and Creative Cities Network is for municipal go...