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Design Core Detroit and Next Cities Investment


Design Core Detroit champions design-driven businesses and their role in strengthening Detroit’s economy. It offers services to strengthen, grow and attract design businesses, increases market demand for design services, and tells Detroit’s design story locally and globally. Design Core is a department within College for Creative Studies.

Design Core serves design-driven industries that specialize in design or utilize design as a central discipline of their business strategy. As the steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation, Design Core serves as the convener and backbone organization for the Detroit City of Design initiative.


Development by Design

Development by Design is a hands-on workshop for personal, professional or community-based real estate developers who want to learn more about how to ensure their projects become lasting assets to the neighborhoods they’re working in. We’ll explore how context, from existing infrastructure and policies to residents’ interest and circumstances, impact decision making.

The evening will begin with 2 very brief presentations on design in real estate and the redevelopment of The Elevator Building in Detroit. Then attendees will be divided into virtual breakout groups and we’ll introduce the workshop.

An optional intermission or facilitator Q & A at 6:30 PM will be followed by the interactive group exercise using a real case study. Participants will practice making development decisions based on various factors, including geography, policy, economics and, most importantly, people.

All participants will receive a copy of Design Core Detroit’s Design Guide: Real Estate Development. This is a Zoom webinar event. Details for entering the webinar will be sent upon confirmation of your registration. Attendance is limited to 25.



Wednesday, Sep. 23rd


6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


The Elevator Building

1938 Franklin St, Detroit, MI 48207

Category: Workshop

Topics: Architecture & Interiors, Community, For Designers - By Designers, Historic Preservation, Inclusive Design, Policy & Education, Urban Planning & Landscape Architecture

Type: Indoor