The successful 1967 International and Universal Exposition (colloquially known as “Expo 67”) had massive implications for the future of Montréal. With avant-garde installations and futuristic architecture, the global fair enabled the city to brand itself in the hearts of design communities around the world. Flash forward nearly fifty years, and Montréal is set to take the stage again for another transnational event that will highlight the city’s positioning within the global design scene.

In October of 2017, the first-ever World Design Summit will welcome approximately 4500 attendees from 80 countries around the world. Held at Palais des congrès de Montréal, our convention centre (itself a design darling), the meeting will unite professionals from six disciplines associated with the build environment: architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, industrial design, interior design and urban planning. Among other core objectives, one goal of the summit is to establish a renewable international design charter that will promote positive social and environmental change through the use of design.

Sounds like this meeting could quite literally change the world.

Montreal City of Design

Why Montréal?

1) We’re a UNESCO City of Design. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. Montréal is named in the design category.

2) We have fascinating architecture and infrastructure. From the internationally-recognizable Habitat 67 housing installations to the iconic Olympic Tower to the magnificent Montréal Metro system, the city is a smorgasbord of fascinating buildings and systems.

3) We’re leading the way in public art. Montréal’s extensive public art collection includes nearly 1,000 accessible public artworks displayed throughout the Island of Montréal. Furthermore, Montréal is one of the few cities in the world with an international festival dedicated solely to street art (MURAL).

4) We nurture young designers. Since 2008, we’ve recognized the talent of up-and-coming designers by awarding them the Phyllis Lambert Grant. True ambassadors for Montréal, the winners are young professionals working in all disciplines of design.

5) We employ a team-based strategy (to both design and meetings). To secure a meeting of this magnitude, it requires the collaboration of many stakeholders. In this case, we (Tourisme Montréal) worked in collaboration with the Palais des congrès de Montréal, the Bureau du design of the Ville de Montréal, and a selection of associations and professional orders of Québec and Canada.


Palais des congres de montreal

The Details

Event: 2017 World Design Summit
Dates: October 14 – 25, 2017
Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal
Official Hashtag: #MTLDesign2017

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