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Detroit’s Design Legacy and Innovative Future Highlighted at 13th Annual Month of Design

Taking place throughout September, Detroit Month of Design 2023 will feature exhibitions and tours from legacy institutions alongside shows and symposia from up-and-coming makers.

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\"The Prelude\" introduces Detroit to the concept of NOVA24 | Photo + Film Festival, coming to the city and beyond in July 2024.\nPhoto credit: Lo Braden

Design Core Detroit is pleased to announce the 13th annual Detroit Month of Design, taking place September 1-30, 2023. This edition will feature over 80 events, including exhibitions, collaborative workshops, panel discussions and tours. Events will take place across Detroit and into the surrounding metro area at indoor, outdoor and virtual venues. 

As the USA's only UNESCO-designated Design City, Detroit models the future-facing creative potential of post-industrial cities that center collaboration. This year's theme, "United by Design," centers design strategies with the capacity to strengthen community resources and mutual aid. Focused on the theme of unity, this iteration will seek to cross-pollinate disciplines so a more collaborative and accessible world can emerge.

Detroit Month of Design's programming highlights the city's legacy as an innovator in the development of industrial fabrication, honoring Detroit's prestigious design past while looking forward to its future as a hub for new practices and emerging technologies. 

Featuring local breakthroughs in land use, sustainable fashion, modular fabrication and resource sharing, Design Core presents a vision of the new American city that is conscientious, sustainable and inclusive—ready to further the cultural landscape while engaging with this century's defining issues.

"As we have seen in the years since the Month of Design began in 2011, Detroit is a key player in the world's cultural and technological development," said Kiana Wenzell, co-executive director of Design Core. "We are a well-positioned hub with a unique design history, which encompasses our city's incredible array of historical and geographical influences. As Detroiters continue to innovate and reimagine their city's rich industrial legacy, I suspect that we will see even greater attention and collaborative interest from design leaders around the world."

Detroit Month of Design will highlight key players and districts from Detroit's design legacy, exemplifying the city's stake in design history and the role it has played in culture locally and globally.

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, increase market demand for design services and tells Detroit's design story locally and globally. Design Core is the steward of Detroit's UNESCO City of Design designation and is part of the College for Creative Studies.

Contact Information:
Carrie Paveglio
Executive Director
[email protected]

Original Source: Detroit's Design Legacy and Innovative Future Highlighted at 13th Annual Month of Design

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