Design Core selects The East Canfield Innovation Hub as one of the six projects to compete in the 2023 City of Design Challenge
DESIGN CORE ANNOUNCES THE SELECTION OF SIX TEAMS FOR THE 2023 DETROIT CITY OF DESIGN CHALLENGE
Multidisciplinary Design Challenge Uses Inclusive Design to Advance Community Resiliency in Detroit
April 26, 2023, Detroit, MI - Six teams have been selected to participate in the 2023 City of Design Challenge. The City of Design Challenge is a program that invites designers, residents, changemakers, and other community stakeholders to collaborate on projects that improve the quality of life for city residents.
The 2023 Detroit City of Challenge is led by Design Core Detroit, in partnership with the College for Creative Studies, Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD) and CultureSource, and made possible with financial support from the Hudson-Webber Foundation.
“These six teams include community leaders and creatives working together to address resiliency in a way that is authentic to their neighborhood. All 27 applicants to the program represented the range, high quality, and diversity of community-driven innovation happening in Detroit, “ said Design Core Co-Executive Director, Bonnie Fahoome. “We are excited to see how each group uses this experience to advance its work and engage more residents in their design process, and how that in turn strengthens unity and builds resilience.”
The 2023 Finalists include:
Community Advisors selected and will support the teams throughout the Challenge. This year’s Community Advisors include: Brandi Keeler (Civilla), Ben Williams (Motor City Sings), Caitlin Murphy (LIVE6), Alex B. Hill (DETROITography), Jessica Brown and Yelena Ramautar (Community Development Advocates of Detroit), Cinthya Casillas (Hubbard Richard Resident Association), and Michelle Matthews (Capital Impact Partners).
Accepted teams will receive a $3000 stipend to develop their concepts and will participate in an interactive and comprehensive inclusive design training program May through July. The classes, consisting of seven two-hour sessions, will feature guest speakers and workshops as well as individual and group work to practice applying lessons learned to their community projects. Subjects broached will include cultural competence, social justice, systemic oppression, and power asymmetries.
Each team will pitch their concept to the Community Advisory Council at the Challenge Pitch event September 26 during the 2023 Month of Design. Two to three teams will be selected to receive additional grant funds to prototype and test their concepts, document their process and showcase their work at the 2024 Detroit Month of Design.
Link to Design Core's Press Release