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World Cities: Strategy for Design and Creativity

In September 2013, the World Cities Culture Forum Shanghai Symposium ‘World Cities: Strategy for Design and Creativity’ took place as part of Shanghai’s annual Design Week. The symposium was an opportunity to show what the world’s great cities are doing to foster design and apply design solutions in a range of economic, social and cultural contexts.

Download the event brochure below. It contains detailed information about the programme and delegates.

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The symposium took place in one of the world’s leading emerging centres of design. Recently designated as a UNESCO City of Design, Shanghai is home to a huge array of design activity from product, to service, to graphic design. It is also a globally significant site of modern architecture and urban design.

The World Cities Culture Forum Shanghai Symposium was funded and co-hosted by Shanghai Municipal Government, Jing’an District government and Shanghai Theatre Academy. The symposium was organised by Metropolitan Cultural Audit Centre (MCAC) STA, BOP Consulting, Shanghai Jing Gong Group, on behalf of the World Cities Culture Forum.

More information can be found about the Shanghai Symposium on its associated website (Chinese only):

More information can be found about Shanghai Design Week on its official website:

We would like to thank the following for participating and speaking at the 2013 World Cities Culture Forum Shanghai Symposium:


Zhang XiaoMing, Director, Research Center for Cultural Policy of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Prof. Hardy XIANG, Vice President, School of Arts, Peking University

Hong Kong:

Aric Chen, Curator of Design and Architecture, M+ Museum

Conor Roche, Director and Co-founder,


Deniz Ova, Director, Istanbul Design Biennial


Sir John Sorrell, Founder and Director, London Design Festival, Chairman of University of the Arts London

John Howkins, Visiting Professor, Shanghai Theatre Academy & BOP Associate

Eleanor Fawcett, Head of Design, Olympic Park Legacy Company

Paul Owens, Director, World Cities Culture Forum; Managing Director, BOP Consulting

Matthieu Prin, Project Manager, World Cities Culture Forum


Stephane Simon, Executive Manager, Le Lieu du Design

Carine Camors, Urban Economist, IAU Ile-de-France

Odile Soulard, Urban Economist, IAU Ile-de-France

New York:

Thomas Vecchione, Principal, Gensler U.S.A.


Weng TieHu, Vice Mayor of Shanghai

Wu JianMin, Former Chinese Ambassador in France, Honorary Chairman, Bureau of International Expositions

Pan Min, Governor of Shanghai Jing’an Municipal Government

Lou Wei, Chairman of Shanghai Theatre Academy

Prof. Huang ChangYong, Vice-president, Shanghai Theatre Academy

Wu Ping, Managing Director, Shanghai HKG Architectural Design & Consulting

Prof. Wu Jiang, Vice President, Tongji University

Dr. QI Weiqi, Vice Director, Urban Development Planning Branch, Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute

Alexander Fabian Brandt, Creative Director, Shanghai Feilifeiqu Multimedia Co. Ltd.

Rainer Wessler, Creative Director, Frog Design

Yi ZHOU, Managing Director, Shanghai S-Point Design

Dr Marina Guo, Shanghai Theatre Academy


Cynthia MacNee, Operation Director, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia

Dr. Sherman Francis Young, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University

Dr. Susie Khamis, Lecturer, Macquarie University