Detroit Design 139

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS 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.

WHO CAN SUBMIT PROJECT ENTRIES?

The exhibition is open to everyone. All designers, planners, architects, students and community members are welcome to submit work. We look forward to receiving submissions from a diversity of organizations doing work in the city of Detroit.

IS THERE A FEE TO SUBMIT WORK FOR THE EXHIBITION?

There is no fee to submit projects for consideration.

DO THESE PROJECTS NEED TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME?

Not necessarily. Submitted projects must be completed within the past three years, currently in process, or planned to commence before 2021 and located either within Detroit’s 139 square miles or another recognized UNESCO City of Design.

WHEN WILL I KNOW IF MY PROJECT HAS BEEN CHOSEN?

The Call for Entries closes on June 30 at 11:59 p.m. Shortly after it closes, the jury will begin reviewing the submissions. Entrants whose projects have been chosen for the exhibition will be notified near the end of July.

IF I HAVE LIMITED/NO COMPUTER ACCESS, CAN I STILL SUBMIT A PROJECT?

Yes! In an effort to be as inclusive as possible, we’ve created pick-up and drop-off locations for physical submissions. Packets can be picked up and dropped off at one of two locations: Live6 Alliance (7426 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, Michigan, 48221) and Design Core Detroit (460 W. Baltimore Ave., Suite 100C, Detroit, Michigan, 48202). If you need a submission packet delivered to you, mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to Live6 or Design Core Detroit at one of the above addresses. The Detroit Design 139 collaborative will coordinate the printing and installation of the selected works to be featured in the exhibition.

HOW DO I SUBMIT A PROJECT?

See the Rules & Guidelines page to find out the everything you need to know about the parameters for entering, then go to the Call for Entries site to submit your project.

CAN I SUBMIT WORK FOR A PROJECT THAT IS OUTSIDE OF DETROIT OR ANOTHER UNESCO CITY OF DESIGN?

All entries must be for projects that are within the physical boundaries of Detroit and other designated UNESCO Cities of Design. Projects outside of those boundaries will not be eligible.

CAN I ENTER A PROJECT INTO MULTIPLE CATEGORIES?

Yes. Entrants can submit up to three projects, and each project can be submitted into up to three focus areas.

IF I DON’T KNOW WHICH CATEGORY I SHOULD SUBMIT MY PROJECT TO, HOW DO I DECIDE?

Select the category that best represents your entry. If we feel another category is more appropriate, we will switch the category for you on your behalf.

WHO IS SELECTING THE ENTRIES THAT WILL BE FEATURED IN THE EXHIBITION?

The jury, selected and approved by DD139’s advisory committee, will consist of a panel of professionals, academics, public officials and experts related to inclusive design.

IF MY ENTRY IS ACCEPTED, WHAT WILL BE USED FOR REPRODUCTION?

All material received by the competition organizers becomes their property, including reproduction rights. The intellectual property rights for each submission remain with the Entrant(s) of the Submission. Detroit Design 139 reserves the right to publish, exhibit, or present the Submission to this competition in any format.

WHAT IS THE EXHIBITION?

Every two years, Detroit Design 139 showcases projects that have been designed by members the public—designers and non-designers alike. These projects utilize design to address issues in both the built and natural environment. The project focus areas change for each exhibition, but projects are always guided by 10 design principles that emphasize learning from the past in order to inform a successful approach to the inclusive design process.

HOW IS THE EXHIBITION CURATED?

Detroit Design 139 accepts projects submitted by the public. The projects follow the rules and guidelines, while using the 10 design principles to inform the scope of the projects. Submitted projects are judged blindly by an esteemed jury comprised of local, national and international design advocates.

MORE QUESTIONS?

You can always email your questions to info@DetroitDesign139.com.