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City of Detroit's Planning & Development Department, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Danish Architecture Center, and the Danish Ministries of Culture & Foregin Affairs


Danish Arts Foundation – The prime aim of the new Danish Arts Foundation is to promote the arts in Denmark and Danish art abroad. Danish Ministry of Culture – Established in 1961, it is responsible for the development of cultural institutions and cultural policy in Denmark. Danish Architecture Center – Denmark’s leading center for the development and implementation of unique, top-quality educational and developmental projects related to the built-up environment as a whole. PDD – The City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department (PDD) aims to build a city secure in its future, grounded in its roots and hopeful in its present state. The vision of PDD’s mission is a healthy and beautiful Detroit, built on inclusionary growth, economic opportunity and an atmosphere of trust.

Empowering Urban Communities through Design: A Detroit-Denmark Conversation

In a time when our shared resources and public spaces are challenged by varying degrees of misuse, abandonment, overuse or privatization, designers and architects play a key role in cultivating our awareness of how to preserve and develop such “commons” for the future good of local communities. Like Detroit, several of Denmark’s larger cities have emerged in recent history from near-bankruptcy and decline to become centers of vibrant urban revitalization driven by the arts, architecture and design. Practitioners from both sides of the Atlantic bring unique strengths and design solutions to the challenge of how to engage and empower local communities, create economic growth, strengthen urban mobility, and adapt to a changing climate.

Join us for an evening of faced-paced case-presentations, as six leading designers from Detroit and Denmark highlight their work in strengthening their cities’ common spaces and community life. Kimberly Driggins, Director of Strategic Planning at City of Detroit Planning and Development Department, will moderate a panel discussion to follow. The program, the first in a three-part Detroit-Denmark Conversation series, is made possible through a unique partnership between the City of Detroit, Detroit 139, Design Core Detroit, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Danish Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs and the Danish Architecture Center. Our goal is to listen, learn, and inspire.

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Tuesday, Sep. 17th


5:30 pm – 8:00 pm


Detroit Design 139

1001 Woodward AveDetroit, MI 48226

Category: Talk