An opportunity to increase our efforts in cultural inclusion by using design thinking to improve our systems.
Recognition through design of the whole eco-system of our city. This is not only about the arts. This is about how a designedly mindset can lead to a better world.
We need to look at new ways to overcome complex challenges that are playing some in our community in vulnerable positions. Social inclusion will benefit from creative practices that challenge the current state.
Improved visibility of linkages that exist both physically and virtually to connect Canberrans with local, national and international cities through the creative cities network.
Designing human centred approaches to engagement practices that inform policy and governance.
Creation of inclusive, diverse and safe spaces for citizens of Canberra to explore and experiment with options and solutions to overcome issues.
Being designated as a city of Design will support the depth of design transcending beyond the physical aesthetic and into the ethos of Canberra.
Canberra is one of the great cities of the world that has been created by design, having been realised through an international design competition; it seems very appropriate for us to join this global community.
This is the opportunity to formalise the design heritage of our city and create a legacy for future generations.
Its time to recognise the unique city of Canberra and the design culture that exists. We want to support the growth of good design and strengthen our position as world leading designers though the designation.
Canberra is uniquely positioned as we have a single level of governance: City and state (Territory) is one. This provides an amazing opportunity to build momentum and design facets of our city.
Being designated at a UNESCO city of design can strengthen the integrity of Brand Canberra. It brings a depth of culture and a desire to embrace design.
Engages the community in deciding how we want to live in the city
Considering Canberra as a leader in participatory democracy, while it also hosts Australian representative democracy.
Increase co-design practices to see cross industry interactions and innovations.
Design in policy matters to everyone. We want to realise the aspirations of the community though the governance process – hear the voice of community in our policies.
Canberra has long been told who to be and been perceived merely as the seat of Government in Australia. The UNESCO designation offers the opportunity for Canberra to step up and have a voice. To lead the narrative. To share with the world the strong design culture and talent that has emerged from this creative city. Its time for Canberra and Canberrans to define our own identity.
It's finally time for Canberra to tell the world who we are.
This could be the vehicle to disrupt conformity
Pride of place, pride of community, more than ‘we are CBR’
Being designated is a strong sign of maturity – it is a tool to lift our collective ambition for the city.
Builds confidence in our city – design becomes the essence of Canberra
Provides an international introduction allowing us to share our voice, our uniqueness, our design acumen with the global community.
International positions of Canberra as a destination
Bolsters the role of the national cultural institutions.
Formalises Canberra’s heritage and its place on the global stage
Increases to tourism – providing economic support for the arts and creates a self sustaining environment.
Positions Canberra within a network of other cities of design for collaboration and inspiration.
Enhances many of the relationships that exist through the embassy networks. Offers opportunities for increased exposure to the world.
Ambition will spur the city on to better design in the future.
Creates purpose and reason to ‘be’ in Canberra. The ability to attract and retain creators
As the liveability of Canberra is enhanced through good design, the loveability increases seeing Canberra flourish as the heart of a Nation…for the right reasons.
Canberra becomes more visible and people can see what is possible and what the city is capable of. As we become more and more visible, there are greater opportunities, building resilience, adaptability and creativity.
As a city of design there is opportunity for growth and enhancement in the delivery of our existing education offerings at all levels (primary, secondary and tertiary) to create the design leaders of the future.
This will create opportunities and an openness to things we can't yet conceive. Become a breeding ground for new and emergent industries.
Helps embed and authorise ‘design thinking’ approaches within broader society, including governments
Greater awareness and collective focus on design will see an overall improvement in the quality of design process and the resulting outcomes. We will see an elevation in the practice of critical thinking skills within our community.
Contribution to creating an environment of ambition and experimentation.
Connect different spheres of policy – territory, local, national and international
As a playground for breaking and emergent trends our people are encouraged to take risks – we build confidence and become world leaders in innovation.
The designation will see an increase in the attractiveness of Canberra. As tourism generates dollars, some can be directed back into the Arts, strengthening our culture, creating more vibrant communities that are inclusive and confident. This becomes a self sustaining economy with great potential for growth.
Canberra has $29 Billion in assets, a net worth of $19 Bilion and a $6 Billion annual turnover. The government has a staff of 25,000. Being a UNESCO city of design offers great benefit to the community. It opens trade markets, improves liveability, encourages investment and offers security.
Liveability & lifestyle
Living in well considered and well designed communities offers increase in wellbeing and happiness. We see Canberra as an attractive place to live and an attractive place to visit. We want to lead the narrative for Canberra and share the design culture that exists.
Greater opportunity for idea exchange to support improved quality of life for all citizens realised through design methods and practices.
Explores how our natural and built environments shaped the thinking of the community; linkages between open space and open mind.
Raises the bar on place making and the built realm
Improve connectivity of all within our community through physical and digital innovations.
Creative approaches to improve health care for all.
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