UNESCO Cities of Design

Dundee is the fourth largest city of Scotland. The city has many contributions to UNESCO in terms of medical research, comics, video games; and now it is a part of UCCN. Scotland’s first design museum V&A Dundee is located in Dundee. The city has contributed to the world with aspirin, biomedical research which has led to hundreds of new cancer drugs, comics including the Beano and Dandy, orange marmalade, video games including Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto.

Dundee was the world centre of the jute textile industry, resulting in its rapid industrial development. It is now a major home to dynamic digital media industry, respected higher-education institutions and creative industries. Dundee focuses on design and creativity to promote economic growth. The city has used culture and creativity as key drivers of social and economic regeneration. The city still faces significant challenges with the collapse of its traditional industrial base, the legacy of long-term, inter-generational unemployment, and serious social and economic problems, but it is tackling these through the Waterfront regeneration, and partnership strategies to create jobs, increase confidence and raise aspirations.