March 2017 will see the return of Asia’s premier design event at the stunning Shanghai Exhibition Centre, featuring even more of the finest international design companies and galleries.Learn more
Located on the west coast of the Pacific Ocean, east of China and the front end of the Yangtze River Delta, Shanghai is the largest commercial and financial center and leading economy city of China with an area of 6,340.5 km2 and population of 241.5 million inhabitants.
The city has the international reputation for it’s the culture of West and East. Shanghai has the history for the first creative industry units as the first design studio of China, the first film studio and musical studios etc. Over68 universities have design and creative cultural related majors with around 504,800 students currently, and over 133,800 students graduated.
On February 2010 Shanghai joined UNESCO Creative City Network as “City of Design”, which represents its strong determination to improve design performance and Innovation Creativity is crucial for sustainable and inclusive economic growth while design is a significant tool to drive economic and consumption stimulations.
In 2013, the creative industries in Shanghai reached an added value of 255.5 billion Yuan, increasing by 11.8% to the previous year. The added value of industrial design has increased by 10.3% to 63.6 billion Yuan, and the added value of architecture design has increased by 10.8% to 128.5 billion Yuan. By the end of 2013, Shanghai has 87 Creative Clusters, with over 4000 innovative design related agencies and institutions. Design plays an important role in the innovation process and economy transformation.
Since 2010, as the UNESCO Creative City of Design, Shanghai Municipal Government has set up a strategic framework, a systematic public platforms to build private and public partnership, a series of policies for establishing initiatives to promoting design as an important driven factor for improving added value for the industry development and social sustainability Shanghai set up the UNESCO “Creative City” (Shanghai) Promotion Office within the framework of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization in 2010. It is the major government organization to promote the organizational structure of city of design, and upgrade industries through the mobilization of all sectors related; to coordinate and promote the development of the creative design industries in Shanghai and the construction of “city of design”; to promote the implementation of the planning and policies; to promote the international cooperation and exchange on the creative design industries. Shanghai Promotion Center for City of Design (SPCCD) is the major working agency for the UNESCO “Creative City” (Shanghai) Promotion Office.