Singapore, National Design Centre, Supermama, Esplanade, Gardens by the Bay
Photos: Design Singapore

Singapore just got another feather in her cap, she was just named a UNESCO Creative City of Design! We join 16 member Cities of Design in the UNESCO Cities Network (UCCN), and these cities include Beijing, Berlin, Helsinki, Shanghai, and Turin. 

What does it mean? The press release from the Design Singapore Council says:

The designation of UNESCO Creative City will support the development of a creative culture and eco-system in Singapore that fully integrates design and creativity into everyday life. Singapore will also be able to strengthen international cooperation with UCCN cities, contribute in knowledge and talent exchanges, and to learn from other UCCN cities’ experiences, policies and measures for sustainable development.

"As a UNESCO Creative City of Design, Singapore will continue to use design to improve the lives of Singaporeans and make Singapore a more liveable and lovable city. We will also work towards helping businesses be more innovative through design. The designation will spur us on in building a pervasive design and innovative culture that involves everyone – designers, communities and the public.” 
–  Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information.

As a magazine which knows all too well the power of design, we're all for using design as a tool to make lives better!

Congratulations also to the other new Creative Cities of Design named this year, which include Bandung (Indonesia), Budapest (Hungary), Detroit (USA), Kaunas (Lithuania) and Puebla (Mexico)!