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.

WHEN WILL I KNOW IF MY PROJECT HAS BEEN CHOSEN?

The Call for Entries closes on July 10th 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.

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.

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.