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Detroit Design 139


Detroit Design 139 is a collective of design advocates who came together in 2017 to demand a higher standard for all future projects within Detroit’s 139 square miles. These advocates created Detroit Design 139 to organize and host design initiatives—exhibitions, events and conversations—that focus on Detroit’s future built and natural environment. Detroit Design 139’s signature event is its biennial exhibition, which showcases projects that represent a future Detroit, while honoring the city’s design legacy and pushes the city toward becoming a leader in world-class design excellence.

Inclusive Futures

Detroit Design 139’s 2019 exhibition, INCLUSIVE FUTURES, proposes that all Detroiters (designers and non-designers alike) can prioritize the importance of inclusive processes and outcomes for all future projects within Detroit’s 139 square miles. Detroit has the opportunity to employ inclusive discourse to create a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient future for our city and those that live, work, and play within it.

As the nation’s only UNESCO City of Design, the exhibition will showcase Detroit’s leadership in inclusive design through curated projects, proposals, and public discourse. Prioritizing diverse experiences, accessible opportunities, and collaborative relationships, Detroit will show how inclusive design develops housing, economies, public spaces, neighborhoods, and city systems that work for everyone.

Thursday Sept 5th: Public Opening Event from 7 to 9pm

The exhibition will open on Sept. 5 and run through September 30, 2019. INCLUSIVE FUTURES will be present in 4 locations throughout the city – coordinating with City of Detroit’s Design Centers in a Box. Each location will display inclusive design projects, host events, and facilitate discussions in order to create multi-generational, inclusive design solutions.


Downtown Location:
1001 Woodward
1001 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226

Old Redford/Artist’s Village Neighborhood:
17340 Lahser
Detroit, MI 48219

Fitzgerald Neighborhood:
Neighborhood Homebase
7426 West McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221

Morningside Neighborhood:
16422 East Warren
Detroit, MI 48224

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Thursday, Sep. 5th


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


1001 Woodward

1001 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48226

Category: Exhibition