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Detroit City of Design Competition

March 13 - April 14

Design Core Detroit announces the first edition of Detroit City of Design Competition, an international, multidisciplinary competition for designers hailing from all 31 UNESCO Cities of Design. Qualified designers are invited to prototype design solutions for Detroit neighborhoods that address safety and walkability.

As the first and only UNESCO City of Design in the United States, Detroit will leverage its global connections to bring innovative design solutions to its neighborhoods. When completed, the competition will result in three unique temporary pilot installations that address safety, mobility and walkability issues for residents in Grandmont Rosedale, Southwest Detroit and Hope Village.

Debuting in a central location to an audience over 40,000 during Detroit’s Month of Design in September 2019, the three prototypes will ultimately be moved to their respective neighborhoods. The competition will fund the three pilot installations with a budget of $20,000.00 that includes $15,000 for materials and $5,000 stipend for each installation.



Any individual, team or firm from Detroit and the other 30 UNESCO Design Cities is invited to apply. At least one professional designer must be a part of the team. Design Core encourages the formation of multidisciplinary teams.