In 2010, Saint-Etienne joined UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network - the first French city and the second European city to join, after Berlin.
Created in 2005, the Cité du Design is a platform for higher education, research, experimentation, economic development and appreciation in the field of art and design. Vibrant and rich, it also hosts many temporary exhibitions and the renowned Biennale Internationale du Design.
Designed by architects Finn Geipel and Giulia Andi, the Cité du Design is a blend of renovated buildings (the former armaments factory) and contemporary structures, such as La Platine and the Tour d’Observation.
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Just a stone's throw from the Saint-Chamond town centre, the Parc Novaciéries offers several intergenerational leisure areas, accessible to all, with a surface area of 3.5 acres: a boules pitch, a picnic area, a space for open-air shows, a roller-blading path, playground apparatus for children, a fun heritage pathway and a cycle path. Eventually, it will be a 12 acre leisure park with a pedestrianised route between the centre and the areas of Izieux and Le Creux.
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Established on the site of the arms factory "Manufacture d'Armes de St-Etienne", in the heart of the creative district of Manufacture-Plaine-Achille, Cité du Design is a centre of higher education, research and experimentation, conferences and exhibitions.
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What do the MoMa in New York, the Peggy-Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the Villa Medicis in Rome have in common? The MAMC has lent works to all of them.
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"Gimme Shelter": an installation by Nathalie Talec, in-situ on the Place d'Armes de Saint-Etienne (in front of the Cité du Design). The artist has created a shelter of glass and neon shelter to suggest the idea each of us can create with minimalism, using only the bare essentials.