Detroit UNESCO City of Design

In December 2015, Detroit was designated as a UNESCO City of Design, a recognition bestowed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization on cities demonstrating a legacy of and commitment to creativity as a tool for economic development. Joining 21 Cities of Design (now 30) and 180 Creative Cities across the globe, Detroit is the first and only U.S. city to receive the designation.

Commerce Design: Detroit

A Detroit City of Design project, Commerce Design: Detroit is a new competition raising awareness of, and access to, professional design services for neighborhood small businesses.

The competition recognizes projects, submitted jointly by the business owner and design team, that have been completed within the City of Detroit within the last 5 years.

Winners will be announced on October 25, 2018 followed by a people's choice public voting.

The competition is based on a model introduced in 1995 in Montreal—one of Detroit's sister cities in the UNESCO network—and is licensed in more than a dozen cities around the world.