On December 11, 2015, Detroit became the first and only American city to receive the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) City of Design designation, joining 116 cities worldwide as members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. This network is committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion, and cultural vibrancy.
Join us in realizing Detroit’s commitment to using design as a driver for equitable development and prosperity in our city. Be a part of designing Detroit’s future.
DDF is a three day celebration of design in Detroit. Detroit is a city whose contributions to the field of design fundamentally shaped the way we lived, worked, and moved in the twentieth century—and continue to do so today. In celebration of Detroit’s recent UNESCO City of Design designation, DDF events and programs will be exploring the ways in which design is shaping Detroit’s future. Signature events returning to DDF 2016 include Eastern Market After Dark, Independent Happenings, Youth Day, and and all new Design Summit featuring the world’s leading design thinkers.