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The Power of Design

A Journey through the 11 UNESCO Cities of Design

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  • Guide to the 11 UNESCO Design Cities Beijing, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Graz, Kobe, Montreal, Nagoya, Saint–Etienne, Seoul, Shanghai and Shenzhen
  • Hard facts, personal impressions, richly illustrated
  • Shows how differently and diversely the term “design” is interpreted and used across the continents
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About this book

“The Power of Design” provides a compact introduction to the current eleven UNESCO Cities of Design. Each individual city is briefly portrayed with important statistical information and detailed facts relating to its development of design. The highly varied approaches of the individual cities in their use of design as an engine for current and future development are then described in more detail through concrete and well illustrated examples. In addition, there are interviews with designers, activists, organizers and critical observers, which the author conducted either during his travels or through extensive correspondence. The result is a richly illustrated and handy book which combines hard facts with personal impressions and points of view.


Table of contents (23 chapters)

  1. Introduction

  2. Berlin

  3. Saint-Etienne

  4. Buenos Aires

  5. Montreal

  6. Nagoya

  7. Kobe

Authors and Affiliations

  • Information Design, Exhibition Design, FH Joanneum, University of Applied Sciences Graz, Austria

    Karl Stocker

About the author

Karl Stocker, PhD., is a historian, and the head of the Departments of Exhibition Design and Information Design at the FH JOANNEUM – University of Applied Sciences in Graz. He is also a professor at the University of Graz (since 1988) and Kassel University (1996/97), lecturer at the Danube University Krems, Berlin University of the Arts and Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul. Stocker also founded Bisdato Exhibition & Museum Design, where he serves as director (since 1990).  He is the author/editor of books and contributions to scientific journals, and has managed scientific research projects and directed exhibitions. Karl Stocker is also a member of the Graz UNESCO City of Design board.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Power of Design

  • Book Subtitle: A Journey through the 11 UNESCO Cities of Design

  • Authors: Karl Stocker

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Vienna

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag/Wien 2013

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: 236

  • Topics: Cities, Countries, Regions

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