Many cities around the world have recognized the value of design policies that encourage development of design districts. Design districts are an interdisciplinary mix of design practitioners from various disciplines, related manufacturing, retail and distribution. The interaction between the participants of the design district foster creativity and attract a diverse audience of
visitors to the area.
The Annapolis Design District is
one example right here in Maryland.
Design policy in States around the Nation is being adopted by government agencies to improve the delivery of government services to the pubic.
One example, in New York City is Civic Service, a project of the DESIS Lab at Parsons The New School for Design.
See the full story at the UK Council website
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) launched a new STEAM Map on Capitol Hill in collaboration with US House STEAM Caucus Chair Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) ). This innovative mapping tool visualizes STEAM activity to enable advocates and practitioners to connect with each other, share best practices and show decision makers the impact and relevancy of art and design. The STEAM Map can be found at map.stemtosteam.org. The list of STEAM members can be found here.
Via SEE Project
The European Commission recently launched an Action Plan for Design-driven Innovation across Europe. See Project speaks to the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry at the European Commission about their experiences formulating and implementing the bold plan.