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Design Core Detroit is pleased to announce the first edition of the Detroit City of Design Competition, an international multidisciplinary competition for designers in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to prototype design solutions for Detroit neighborhoods that address safety and walkability. Supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the goal of the competition is to design and test creative, innovative design solutions that make it easier for all Detroiters to move freely, safely, and efficiently  around their communities.


View full brief here.

For questions, please email: competitions@designcore.org


REQUIREMENTS

 

All proposals must meet the criteria outlined below and will be selected by the jury after winner accept and agree to terms before official acceptance into the overall event.

  1. You can be based in Metro Detroit or anywhere else in the UNESCO Design Cities Network. Designers applying from outside of Metro Detroit will be required to submit a letter from the organization responsible for your city’s UNESCO designation verifying you are based in that city.
  2. If you are selected as a winner and are located outside of Detroit, Design Core will support the cost of coach airfare and 3 nights accommodation for one member of your team to come to Detroit to debut the installation in September 2019. This additional stipend is on top of the $20,000.00 USD material and stipend limit. 
  3. You must be willing to make the commitment required in order to bring the project to fruition, and have the capability to deliver the completed project to Detroit by August 20, 2019 or plan to be present for installation with your team. 
  4. Reimbursable expenses will not exceed the allocated stipend of $15,000.00 USD for materials and $5,000.00 USD stipend, including all supplies and all other production-­related expenses. Any budgets that exceed that amount are your responsibility to cover. 
  5. Your project must be installed in a safe manner, and abide by all laws and safety standards, to be assessed and evaluated in consultation with the City of Detroit (for example, no noise violations, all electrical devices must meet code, etc.)
  6. Design Core will be responsible for securing access to the installation location, assisting with city permits and other permissions, and assistance with limited sourcing technical equipment if required.
  7. Upon selection and signing of this agreement, the winning teams will receive 50% of their materials budget ($7,500.00 USD). Winning designers must submit record of their expenses demonstrating that materials have been purchased for the installation at least 30 days prior to September 1, 2019 along with an invoice for the remaining $7,500.00 USD for materials to receive the second half of their materials stipend. Winning designers will receive their award stipend ($5,000.00 USD) when the installation has been installed at its assigned location for Month of Design. Submission of invoices showing the use of funds and other paperwork as required by Design Core are required to receive payment. Design Core reserves the right to withhold funds until aforementioned requirements are satisfied. In the event an installation is not completed, winning designers forfeit their right to the funds and may be required to remit any materials funds not used by the winning designers.
  8. Upon final payment, the physical installations will become the property of Design Core, who will take responsibility for final installation in the participating neighborhoods and maintenance of it during the pilot phase. Design Core will retain ownership over the physical installations. Applicants maintain intellectual property rights for the original concept and are free to reproduce or alter it however they see it. 
  9. Applicants must own the license(s) to, or secure expressed written permission from the license owner(s) of, all drawings, photographs, presentations, and other graphic content submitted here, and further grant Design Core Detroit and its competition partners ('the Organizers') permission to reproduce, exhibit, promote, or otherwise display any and all submitted materials in association with the 2019 City of Design Competition, in perpetuity. Publication formats may include, but are not limited to, Organizer media outlets, including website, mass-mailings, and social media, newspapers, magazines, television, online media platforms, public exhibitions, museums, galleries, schools and universities, for promotional purposes or for any other purposes permissible by law. The Organizers will assume no responsibility for copyright infringement or photography fees. This non-exclusive agreement must be granted to the organizers free of charge, without geographic limitations, and for an unlimited period of time.

JURORS

Andre Clemons

WW Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Solution Technical Senior Manager, Dassault Systemes

Beverly Fredrick

Community Representative, Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation

Caitlin Marcon

Deputy Director, Complete Streets Program, City of Detroit Department of Public Works

Justin Snowden 

Smart Mobility Strategist, City of Detroit Office of Mobility and Innovation

Julie Rice

Community Representative, Focus:HOPE

Myrna Segura  

Community Representative, Southwest Detroit


JURY CRITERIA

  • Creative Merit [35%]
  • Appropriateness of solution for location [35%]
  • Feasibility [15%]
  • Value for Cost [15%]

Because the participating neighborhood organizations will eventually take ownership over the winning installations, their jury representative has veto power over the installation the jury recommends for their community and must consent to the final decision. 

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 9th edition of the Detroit Month of Design (MoD) in September. This citywide celebration of creativity will gather designers, consumers and enthusiasts to celebrate Detroit's role as a national and global design capital. The celebration is an opportunity for creatives and the general public to experience Detroit design and showcase what's happening in the city locally and globally. 

Calling all designers, makers, and other creatives to submit ideas for the Designer Putt Putt Competition. Five winning teams will receive $2,000 to go towards the costs of their materials, delivery, set-up and take away of their installation. Additional designers beyond the winners may participate, but the costs of their installation will have to be covered by a sponsor which will be the responsibility of that team. If teams find a sponsor or chose to sponsor an installation, that design will also have to be approved by the Detroit Month of Design committee.

The goal of the installations is to broaden the perception of design while introducing an interactive and playful experience to the Festival.


Terms and Conditions Include: 

1.) Each installation must fit within a 10’x10’ space. The installations will be displayed on Thursday, September 19th during Eastern Market After Dark and on Saturday, September 28th during Light up Livernois.

2.) Designers are responsible for the build out of their design, transportion to and from each site, onsite set-up, break down, haul away and storage of their putt putt installation. This includes tranportation to and from Eastern Market After Dark and Light Up Livernois. 

4.) Putt Putt installations must be able to be assembled and taken down within an hour. 


Selection Process: Teams will be judged on the following criteria

1.) Innovation and Creativity

2.) Material selections

3.) Quality of Design

4.) Narrative of Design: how does the installation add to the narrative of Detroit design or Detroit's UNESCO City of Design designation.

BONUS: Teams that incorporate inclusive design pratices are given extra credit. 


Best Practices:  

We've selected our top picks from past Designer Putt Putt Competitions. Use them as references but push yourself to create somthing above and beyond what we have ever seen. View examples of past winning putt putts here

Applicants are not limited to one submission. Please fill out another application to be considered for other Month of Design opportunities. 

Email questions to:  submissions@designcore.org


Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 9th edition of the Detroit Month of Design (MoD) in September. This citywide celebration of creativity will gather designers, consumers and enthusiasts to celebrate Detroit's role as a national and global design capital. The celebration is an opportunity for creatives and the general public to experience Detroit design and showcase what's happening in the city locally and globally. 

We are looking to infuse the month of September with diverse experiences that inspire and are calling all designers, curators and innovators to submit ideas for an independent happening. Independent happenings are independently managed, funded and produced by the event organizer. Up to 30 happenings will be selected by a jury of professionals and community members to be included in the printed and digital MoD program guide. You can view 2018 happenings here

The jury will give priority to events that uplift and engage the community, promote inclusivity, collaboration and design excellence. Applications will open Monday, February 18th and will close on Sunday, March 31st at 11:59 pm.
 

Applicants are not limited to one submission. Please fill out another application to be considered for other opportunities.

*Happenings are independently planned, produced and funded by the individual or organization submitting this application. Email questions to:  submissions@designcore.org

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 9th edition of the Detroit Month of Design (MoD) in September. This citywide celebration of creativity will gather designers, consumers and enthusiasts to celebrate Detroit's role as a national and global design capital. The celebration is an opportunity for creatives and the general public to experience Detroit design and showcase what's happening in the city locally and globally. 

Youth Day is an afternoon of creative exploration for junior design stars and their parents. Youth Day will feature a variety of workshops, demonstrations, and interactive experiences from local makerspaces, youth collectives and more. It is the perfect way for kids to express their creativity, while also learning about different design disciplines and creative professions. Activities for ages 5-16.

Applicants are not limited to one submission. Please fill out another application to be considered for other MoD opportunities. 



Commerce Design: Detroit is an award program that is part of the UNESCO City of Design Action Plan. Launched in 2018, the program is based on a model introduced in 1995 in Montreal---one of Detroit's sister cities in the UNESCO network---and is now licensed in more than a dozen cities around the world.  Design Core Detroit has partnered with AIA Detroit, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, to manage the program, with support from Bank of America.
Commerce Design: Detroit is aimed at raising awareness of, and access to, professional design services for neighborhood small businesses, and celebrating the impact of commercial design projects on the communities in which these businesses reside. The award program will recognize projects, submitted jointly by the business owner and design team, that have been completed within the City of Detroit (including Highland Park and Hamtramck) within the last 5 years. 


WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

This award program is open to any commercial project that utilized professional design services currently operating in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park that is open to the public.  Projects that are temporary, still under construction at the time submissions are due, or part of a national chain are not eligible for this program. Past winners are not eligible to resubmit, however past applicants may re-apply. 


JURY

Sandra Olave, Chair

Interior Design Chair, College for Creative Studies

Penelope de la Madrid

Interior designer, ABAKA Interiors, Puebla UNESCO Design City

Rochelle Riley

Journalist and columnist for the Detroit Free Press

Pierre Roberson

Architect and Michigan Design Practice Lead, AECOM

Eric Thomas

Partner, brand specialist and senior partner at Saga Marketing


Program Submission Requirements:
Business Information:
 

  • Business Name and Generic Business Type (i.e. "Cafe", "Book Store", "Financial Planner", etc.)
  • Neighborhood + Mailing Address, Website and Email Address, Business Contact Information
  • Buildout statistics (i.e. Project Area / Square Footage, Year of Completion, Total Project Cost)
  • Business Owner Questionnaire 

 Design Team Information:
 

  • Design Firm Name and Practice Type (i.e. Architect, Interior Designer, Graphic or Branding Designer)
  • Design Firm Contact Information
  • Additional Contributing Consultants

 Submission Materials:
 

  • Project Floorplan(s) or Layout Diagram(s) (Compiled to a single .pdf)
  • Completed Project Images (Up to six (6) 'after' images)
  • Competition Exhibit Board (Optional; One compiled image or graphic to be exhibited at the AIAD Celebration of Architecture, Thursday September 20th)
  • "Before" Images (Optional; Up to two (2) images)
  • Brand / Visual Identity Graphics (Optional; up to four (4) images or graphics, including logos, signage, printed materials, packaging, etc.)
  • Design Team Image (Optional; one (1) photograph of the Design Team; may be as formal or casual as desired)

 Submission Text:
 

  • 500-Word Project Summary
  • 1-3 Sentence Quote or Testimonial from Business Owner, Employees, or Customers on the impact of the Design process)
  • List of Design Team's additional projects completed or underway in Detroit
  • Disclosure and Waiver

 



 

Commerce Design Detroit Partners

  

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 9th edition of the Detroit Month of Design (MoD) in September. This citywide celebration of creativity will gather designers, consumers and enthusiasts to celebrate Detroit's role as a national and global design capital. The celebration is an opportunity for creatives and the general public to experience Detroit design and showcase what's happening in the city locally and globally. Complete this application to submit your venue to Design Core Detroit to be considered as a Month of Design in-kind venue.

Sometimes a designer has a great idea for an installation, talk or design experience but needs a space. If you have a cool space, and want to open your doors for design programming, complete this application and member of our team will contact you if we come across a designer, in the open call process, that is looking for a venue. 

Applicants are not limited to one submission. Please fill out another application to be considered for other opportunities. 

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 9th edition of the Detroit Month of Design (MoD) in September. This citywide celebration of creativity will gather designers, consumers and enthusiasts to celebrate Detroit's role as a national and global design capital. The celebration is an opportunity for creatives and the general public to experience Detroit design and showcase what's happening in the city locally and globally. 

Design Core can put your brand in the middle of one of the country’s largest and most dynamic design experiences. Whether you’re launching a new product or looking to expand your market reach, we can help you amplify your impact. Please complete this form to connect with us today or contact Kiana Wenzell directly at kwenzell@designcore.org for sponsorship details. 

Applicants are not limited to one submission. Please fill out another application to be considered for other opportunities. 

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 9th edition of the Detroit Month of Design (MoD) in September. This citywide celebration of creativity will gather designers, consumers and enthusiasts to celebrate Detroit's role as a national and global design capital. The celebration is an opportunity for creatives and the general public to experience Detroit design and showcase what's happening in the city locally and globally. 

Design Core volunteers are true advocates of Detroit design and help us put on a dynamic show in September and year round. Volunteering for Design Core puts you in the middle of one of the country’s largest and most dynamic design experiences. Whether you’re a design enthusiasts or creative professioanl we can help you connect while having social impact. Complete this application and a member from our team will contact you. Volunteer opportunities include:

 

  • Street Team: Distribute maps, posters, and other promotional materials around the city and metro area leading up to the festival.
  • Décor: You can’t have a festival without decorations! We have been lucky to have many artists      volunteer their time and skill to help create low-budget installations and experiences to add that extra je ne sais quoi to Detroit ‘s Month of Design happenings.
  • Day-of Team: Help execute day-of tasks for larger happenings (Detroit’s Month of Design Kick-Off Party, Eastern Market After Dark, Commerce Awards Ceremony, Youth Day, Light Up Livernois).
  • Information Guide: Assist attendees in need of suggestions or directions to Detroit’s      Month of Design happenings.
  • Drinks x Design: Day-of assistance at our monthly Drinks x Design events.


Applicants are not limited to one submission. Please fill out another application to be considered for other opportunities. 


Email questions to:  submissions@designcore.org

DRINKS X DESIGN

Drinks x Design offers an opportunity for creative businesses throughout the city to open their doors and share their work with the public. Held in a new location on the second Thursday of every month from 5:30-8 p.m. the event allows attendees to meet new people, make connections, promote their creative endeavors and learn about other projects in their community. Event information is released one month before each event.

We are always looking for new spaces, talent, design ambassadors and partners. If interested, please fill out the following form and someone from our team will contact you. Thanks!

Plus and Premier members of the Detroit Design Network are welcomed to share their industry expertise at one of five Design and Dine lunch lectures.   Designers can apply to develop and deliver a 50 minute lecture, program, or workshop.  The series aims to connect designers, share knowledge, and help attendees build a wide range of design-based skillsets.   


Topics can be on a variety of subjects.  Some key areas that members have expressed an interest in for future sessions include copywriting and content, business skills, graphic design, marketing, and more.


Proposal review:

Each proposal is reviewed for the following criteria:

  • Diversity of design disciplines
  • Interest and relevancy of the subject matter
  • A thoroughly developed proposal idea

Session agenda:

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm:   Registration and lunch
  • 12:00pm - 12:50pm:   Presentation
  • 12:50 - 1:00pm:   Q & A

Designers will...

  • prepare presentation curriculum
  • draft a program description and titles for promotion

Design Network staff will...

  • pay a $500 facilitator stipend
  • promote the lecture
  • manage registration
  • secure event space
  • order lunch

Session Schedule:

There will be five opportunities to present at a Design and Dine Lunch Lecture series.  The 2019 schedule is as follows:

  • February 21, 2019
  • April 25, 2019
  • June 20, 2019
  • August 22, 2019
  • October 24, 2019
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Detroit City of Design builds on its creative legacy and culture of innovation to shape a more equitable, sustainable, and compassionate society through inclusive design.  Our core values of creating accessible opportunities, establishing collaborative relationships, and building diverse experiences guide us through this journey. 


Detroit City of Design has developed a collective strategic approach for partners from all sectors to promote and implement inclusive design across the city. Together, we seek to:

  1. Grow, develop, and promote a diverse TALENT pipeline that is competitive globally and can exemplify the practice of inclusive design
  2. INVEST in projects, businesses, and initiatives that practice inclusive design and foster inclusive growth. 
  3. Create POLICIES in the public and private sectors that shape equitable and inclusive opportunities and experiences for all Detroiters in the revitalization of the city. 

Through 2025 and hopefully beyond, Detroit City of Design seeks to grow the practice of inclusive design in Detroit in order to drive inclusive growth. Inclusive design creates the conditions for inclusive growth, which builds opportunity for all segments of the population by distributing the benefits of increases in prosperity, both tangible and intangible, evenly across society. In Detroit, inclusive growth is driven by the people and businesses that represent the diversity of its communities; design practices that place people at the center; and economic outcomes that remove barriers to participate and benefit from the city’s growth. 


CALL FOR DETROIT CITY OF DESIGN PARTNERS

 We invite you to consider how your organization can help activate these strategies by sharing current projects or projects that are on the horizon that encompass the priorities and values mentioned above. Detroit City of Design partners will help shape the initiative, find local and global connections that help advance their work, and be recognized for their contributions to moving the vision for Detroit City of Design forward. 

Criteria to be a partner:

  • Believe in the vision
  • Commit to our values of diverse experiences, collaborative relationships, and accessible opportunities
  • Have a current program or project that aligns with at least 1 of our 3 strategic approaches - developing talent, encouraging investment, or improving policy for Detroit design
  • Want to share their program/project on the City of Design platform
  • Agree to report on their activity annually as part of a citywide benchmark of Detroit’s design community


To apply, please fill out this brief application which will be reviewed by members of the Detroit City of Design Stewardship Board.

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