• Detroit

Detroit, a metropolis of more than 6 million inhabitants, is considered a hub for industrial design and the beating heart of creative industries in the state of Michigan (United States of America). In the light of its industrial past, Detroit has built itself as a cradle of American modernist design and as a global center for prolific designers, including Eames, Knoll, Saarinen and Yamasaki. The industry of design has been a driver for the city’s urban regeneration and represents today a significant lever for employment and an economic engine by employing more than 45,000 people and generating $US 2.5 billion in wages.

In view of its rich legacy in the automotive industry, Detroit hosts the International Auto Show Industry Days, drawing 5,000 automotive and design stakeholders from no less than 60 countries. The Society of Automotive Engineers Conference is a similarly popular event which explores the connections between engineering and industrial design. Detroit is also home to the Detroit Design Festival, the largest festival of design dedicated to freelance professionals in North America, showcasing 70 workshops and exhibitions annually attended by 500 designers worldwide.

To further nurture the vibrant sector of industrial design, the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) was opened in 2010 by the municipality and rebranded 2018 to Design Core Detroit. It has served ever since as the city’s advocacy organization by providing leadership, resources, data and analytics necessary to sustain the economic output and social impact of the city’s global creative economy. The main objective of DC3 is to give international recognition to Detroit as a global center of design, innovation and creativity.

Facts and Figures


Around 677,000


370.2 km2

Educational Institutions

University of Michigan, Tubman School of Architecture,

Penny Stamps School of Art and Design,

University of Detroit, Mercy College of Architecture,

Lawrence Technological University

2 globally renowned design schools:

College for Creative Studies (“CCS”) and

Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Discover Detroit

Sukkah x Detroit

Sukkah x Detroit celebrates the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot in Detroit’s Capitol Park through design, agriculture, and Jewish programming. Detroit, home to 1300 urban farms, is the only UNESCO City of Design in the United States. Sukkah x Detroit honors both.

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Detroit Month of Design

Detroit Month of Design is a citywide celebration of creativity that gathers designers and the greater community to celebrate Detroit’s role as a national and global design capital.

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Detroit Design Festival

This year’s citywide five-day celebration of design and creativity focuses on the theme “Design is Everywhere” and gives plenty of opportunities to participate.

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Detroit’s festival of art and light features over 35 world-renowned and emerging artists whose cutting-edge works of art illuminated Midtown Detroit. Each time, tens of thousands of visitors engaged with these projects.

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Drinks x Design | Fashion and Accessories

Held in a new location on the second Thursday of every month from 5:30-8pm, Drinks x Design offers an opportunity for creative businesses throughout the city to open their doors and share their work with the public.

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Detroit at Saint Etienne Design Biennale

For its 10th edition the Biennale has invited Detroit to be its Guest of Honour. Celebrating its first year as the first and only UNESCO City of Design in the United States, Detroit is eager to show the world how the city is leveraging its legacy of creativity and innovation to generate opportunity and development.

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