In November 2017 Geelong received designation to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the subfield of design.
The announcement acknowledged our region's rich history, from its indigenous heritage, textiles and wool production, auto design and manufacturing and surf culture to the innovations currently being made in advanced manufacturing and the provision of public art.
To celebrate the launch, the City of Greater Geelong in conjunction with local organisations, participated in a design showcase to highlight and display what Geelong is already achieving in the area of design.
This presented a fantastic opportunity to get a 'behind the scenes' look at industries and businesses doing great work in the areas of commercial and industrial, urban form and social and cultural design.
The Design Showcases included a behind the scenes look at these organisations that are at the forefront of engineering, manufacturing and technology design:
- Manufutures – an advanced manufacturing accelerator organisation
- Carbon Nexus – the only combined research and commercial scale carbon fibre production plant in the southern hemisphere
- Centre for Advanced Engineering Training (CADET) at Deakin University.
Other events involved:
- a tour of the Gordon TAFE Design Hub with examples from the world of fashion design, patternmaking, graphic design, visual arts, interior design, makeup and floristry
- a tour of Deakin University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment
- a presentation on the design and function of the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre
- a special screening of 'Oddlands' – a short feature film from Geelong’s critically acclaimed Back to Back Theatre.