Saw this on design*notes this morning. Montreal, the city I live in, has been officially designated a UNESCO City of Design. Montreal is the first North American city, only two other cities, Buenos Aires and Berlin, have been bestowed the honour. Per the press release, the designation recognizes Ã¢â¬Åthe effort and enthusiasm of the public and private sectors, Montreal civil society, as well as the city’s potential for economic and social development in the field of design. Montreal is a city where design and designers, be they involved in the fields of interior, industrial, graphic, fashion or architectural design, represent a dynamic force of cultural and economic life. According to recent statistics, design is responsible for 20,356 jobs in Montrealâs metropolitan areaÃ¢â¬Â¦Ã¢â¬Â.