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Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale /Saint-Etienne 2017

  • Date: 13.03.2017 – 14.03.2017
  • Time: 12:00 am
  • Location: La cité du Design , 3 Rue Javelin Pagnon , Saint-Étienne

After Milan in April 2016 and Belgrade in Februry 2017 , Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale will meet the audience in France at Biennale Internationale Design Saint Etienne 2017.

For its 10th edition, the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne will be held from 9th March to 9th April 2017. Organized by Cité du design, it will focus on the general theme “Working Promesse. Shifting work paradigmes”. Since its first edition in 1998, the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne, has gained an international reputation in the design field, attracting more than 200 000 visitors. The aim is to reveal the current state of design and creativity worldwide and to invite visitors to question themselves on the evolution of societies and on new ways of life.

Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale will be a core event of this Biennial, with an exhibition-lab, a conference, a workshop and the regular meeting of the projects’partners.  Human Cities event will be proposed during the week dedicated to Cité du design international networks, and its activities will mix Human Cities , BEDA, Design for All and Living Lab partners, as well as local designers, associations and policy makers involved in Human Cities Saint-Etienne project.

The Human Cities exhibition lab will be displayed in 4 locations :

  • Cité du design : EXPO 10
  • Human Citizens Office : international experiences and ressources on participative urban planning movement displayed in a vacant shop situated rue de la République in the city center, with a section dedicated to  UNESCO Creative Cities of Design.
    This street  “Republique du design” will be a focal point of this Biennial’s edition, with a huge operation of temporary and mid-term activities set up in vacant shops.  We will be in the central part of the street in a big space.
  • 2 places of Saint-Etienne experimentations led by local communities in their districts :
    Hypermatière 50 rue Neyron
    Ici-Bientôt : 42 rue de la Résistance
  • Human Citizens local tour around all these spaces




Monday 13th March 2017

9.00-16.00 : Workshop Human Cities
An urban walk visiting, meeting and testing the activities of Saint-Etienne Human Cities experimentations:Cité du design exhibition
Ici-Bientôt:40 rue de la Résistance
Human Citizens Office : 8 rue de la République
Hypermatière :  25  rue Neyron

Open to : Human Cities partners, international designers,  local communities and public stakeholders


17.00-20.00 : Conference Human Cities at  Cité du design auditorium

– Keynote speakers :

Maurizio Carta – University of Palermo, Italy
Anya Sirota – Akoaki design studio – Detroit, USA

– Human Cities European Partners

– Saint-Etienne Human Citizens

Open to : general audience, international partners, local authorities representatives

Tuesday 14th March 2017

09.00-17.00 : Human Cities technical meeting (Human Cities partners only)

18.30 : Official opening of Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale /Saint-Etienne 2017  (8 rue de la République)