From Singapore Design Week 2018 to 2019, Singapore partnered three Australian cities in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network — Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide — to co-create inclusive community design projects that were inspired by music, literature and film. Responding to the theme “In the Neighbourhood”, the collaborations began in 2018 when three Australian creatives — Jennifer Greer Holmes, Jane Beeke and Thuy Nguyen — visited Singapore to present their ideas and meet local creatives. This led to two projects that were presented around the National Design Centre during the Singapore Design Week 2019.
Richard Perez, Director, Director, d.school, Hasso Plattner School of Design, University of Cape Town, representing the city of Cape Town at the UNESCO Creative Cities of Design Public Forum.
In March 2019, Singapore hosted representatives and design experts from 15 Cities of Design at Singapore Design Week, one of Asia's premier design festivals. They participated in its programmes, including the business and design conference Brainstorm Design and the homegrown creative festival Street of Clans, and also met government officials as well as business and design leaders.
The delegates not only learnt first-hand about Singapore’s design initiatives, but also got to showcase their work to the public. During a day-long UNESCO Creative Cities of Design Public Forum, the various cities shared how design played a role over four sessions covering policy, business, education and communications respectively. The well-attended forum sparked many lively discussions. As part of Singapore Design Week, Singapore also presented the urban living stories of all 31 Cities of Design in a special exhibition curated for the International Furniture Fair Singapore in the Sands Expo and Convention Centre.