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City of Design Competition Neighborhood Showcase

Design Core Detroit

In 2019, Design Core hosted a design competition for designers to propose ideas to improve safety and walkability in response to briefs written with partners from Hope Village, Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, and Southwest Detroit Business Association. Working with a jury that included representatives from each community, designers were selected to produce three unique prototypes to be installed and tested in the neighborhoods. Delayed by COVID, the projects are finally going to be installed! You’re invited to visit them, test them out, and share your feedback during Detroit Month of Design! This program was supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as well as the National Endowment for the Arts

Cyclerate by SmithGroup
Cool Cities Park | 4150 Woodrow Wilson | Detroit, MI 48238
Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Cyclerate aims to help enhance public safety through unity, lighting, communication, and play. The installation encourages the community to team up to provide the combined physical effort needed to illuminate the structure. 

HOW IT WORKS: Engage in a friendly competition to identify who can produce the greatest power output on the cycles. Expect to be surprised by the power produced through real-time statistics. 

Community partner: Hope Village CDC

Garden Novella by Other Work
Ford Resource and Engagement Center Southwest |  2826 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216
Sept 7-30

ABOUT: Garden Novella is a platform to express cultural, collective, and individual identity, weaving together stories from Southwest Detroit residents. These vessels serve as a welcoming gateway guiding visitors through a series of stories. Sun powered lanterns, hanging gardens, seating, and the sounds of stories create an interactive place and connections to the cultural network, relating virtual space to geography. 

HOW IT WORKS: Walk through each passage and listen to the stories that activate along the way. These stories express the double consciousness of a bilingual immigrant community and connect generations to repair damage done by repatriation. 

Community partner: Southwest Detroit Business Association

3Rooms by Collectif Escargot
Southeast Corner of Grand River and Warwick, Detroit, MI 48223

3Rooms consists of three spaces intimately linked to the world of the house, conveying a sense of belonging and celebrating the beauty of living together. The spaces include ‘’Le Jardin’’, (The Garden) where the community is invited to participate in agriculture, ‘’Le Boudoir’’ for readers or anyone who wants a rest in the shade of fruit trees, and “The Hut” that for anyone looking to be a little more playful. Each module lights up in the evening with a soft glow, like a fireplace, in the middle of the neighborhood. 

HOW IT WORKS: 3Rooms is a safe cocoon for improvised gatherings. The community is invited to participate in agriculture, rest in the shade, read a book or bring their kids to play.

Community partner: Southwest Detroit Business Association

24 Hour Installations