New Design Cities Symposium at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

What is a design metropolis? How does a city become one? This international symposium casts a critical eye over the policies and programs of new or aspiring design cities, and compares them with established international design capitals. It will evaluate the impact of these strategies on the quality, humanity and originality of the urban environment, and will examine how these cities attract and retain business, enhance a city’s international reputation, and contribute to tourism. Other topics include each city’s impact on designers’ reputations and markets, and the relationship between branding and the city’s image. This symposium also aims to discuss different positioning and (re)development strategies through design used by such cities as Antwerp, Glasgow, Lisbon, Montreal, New York, Saint-tienne and Stockholm. Speakers from around the globe include Claudine Blain, Stuart MacDonald, Dorian van der Brempt, Guta Moura Guedes, John Thackara, Francois Barre, Saskia Sassen, Marie-Josee Lacroix and Claes Britton. New Design Cities will be held from October 6-8 at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Please visit for more information.