IFHP: Montreal Design Declaration

IFHP: Montreal Design Declaration

On 24 October 2017, representatives of the international community of designers, architects, planners and landscape architects signed the Montréal Design Declaration at the first international Design Summit Meeting. The Declaration proclaims the potential of design to achieve global economic, social, environmental and cultural objectives and includes a dramatic call to action to professionals, educators and governments as well as a list of proposed projects. The Design Summit Meeting was conducted within the framework of the “World Design Summit,” an event that included a multidisciplinary Congress and Exhibition. [Previously written about in IFHP’s contribution “SDGs = Sustainable Design Goals” in the September 2017 issue of the WUC Newsletter]
 
 
The signing ceremony was conducted on 24 October 2017 at the Palais des Congrès in Montréal, and signed in the presence of three UN agencies (UNESCOUN-HabitatUN Environment) by the fourteen international organizations and partners, including WUC as well as WUC member organizations, who collaborated to draft the document and four additional design organizations. The Montréal Design Declaration lists more than 600 national professional associations, universities and design promotion entities in an Annex, all of which collectively represent 89 countries.
 
 
The Montreal Design Declaration is a milestone marking the launch of a global collaborative effort to utilize the potential of design for the benefit of all, and concludes: "All people deserve to live in a well-designed world."
The Montreal Design Declaration defines the Value of Design through eight bold propositions:
  • Design is a driver of innovation and competition, growth and development, efficiency and prosperity.
  • Design is an agent for sustainable solutions.
  • Design expresses culture.
  • Design adds value to technology.
  • Design facilitates change.
  • Design introduces intelligence to cities.
  • Design addresses resiliency and manages risk.
  • Design fosters development.
 
The Declaration is a Call to Action, consolidating a board spectrum of design disciplines, to speak in a single voice on the value of design across the board, to get the ear of governments, educators, civil and private sectors to engage with design It is also a call to designers themselves to step into a leadership role. A call for “people for design”.
The Declaration calls for the utilization and recognition of design through Design Advocacy, Development of Design Metrics, Development of Design Policies, Development of Design Standards, Enhancement of Design Education. And as part of the intent to go forward, the Declaration outlines a list of 20 proposed Projects to rally around.
 
 
 “Whatever happens, we did it, we have signed this declaration, and have committed ourselves to keep on this track. Good will has to become action.”
—Albert Dubler, International Union of Architects (UIA), Past President
For IFHP we see SDGs synonymous with Sustainable Design Goals, the Montreal Design Declaration. And together with our collaborators and co-signators of the Montreal Design Declaration, we hope to serve as implementation agents of a design agenda delivering on the UN 2030 SDGs and NUA.
 
Now the challenge is to get the Montreal Design Declaration out there, to get more entities on board and to start implementing. The Declaration can be downloaded from http://montrealdesigndeclaration.org/ We encourage all interested to share, comment and circulate it widely. 

Author: Regitze Marianne Hess.
Photo Credits: International Partners of the Summit Meeting Committee(cc)