DETROIT DESIGN FESTIVAL 2016 RETURNS THIS SEPTEMBER 21-25TH TO CELEBRATE UNESCO CITY OF DESIGN

The sixth annual Detroit Design Festival (DDF), returns September 21-25th with a citywide celebration of creativity. This week-long event brings together designers and enthusiasts alike to celebrate Detroit’s role as a global design capital. In celebration of Detroit’s recent designation as a UNESCO City of Design, DDF events and programs will explore the ways in which design is shaping Detroit’s future.

This year, PLAYGROUND DETROIT has curated the latest body of work from Detroit artist, Kristin Adamczyk on view during the 2126 Pierce Street Open House: DDF 2016Join us during Eastern Market After Dark for food, drinks, and music along with tours of this exciting micro-hotel. At 9PM there will be a sit-down conversation about the history of the area and what led to the construction of this unique home, along with the planned developments for the region both through the lens of the Eastern Market 2025 proposal and by highlighting various community initiatives taking place in the neighborhood.

We’ve highlighted some of the top events below. For full schedule visit the DDF website.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21


LEVERAGING DETROIT’S UNESCO DESIGNATION: PANEL DISCUSSION
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
University of Detroit Mercy // 4001 W McNichols Rd

In celebration of Detroit’s recent UNESCO City of Design designation, the Detroit Design Festival will kick off with a panel discussion featuring international guests from the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22


DETROIT CITY OF DESIGN SUMMIT: DAY 1
PRESENTED BY LEAR CORPORATION

8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Jam Handy // 2900 E Grand Blvd

The Detroit City of Design Summit is a two-day convening for Detroit’s design community and international partners to explore what it means to build a better city through design.

PERFORMANCE ARCHITECTURE BY ALEX SCHWEDER
LECTURE PRESENTED BY UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN PENNY STAMPS SPEAKER SERIES

5:10 pm – 6:00 pm
Michigan Theater // 603 E Liberty St // Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Award-winning international artist/architect, Alex Schweder will discuss the concept of performance architecture by focusing not so much on a structure, but the actions within it.

EASTERN MARKET AFTER DARK
PRESENTED BY CHRYSLER: IMPORTED FROM DETROIT

7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Eastern Market, DDF Info Booth in Shed 2

Celebrate Detroit design as one of the nation’s oldest public markets transforms into a creative district by night.

2126 PIERCE STREET OPEN HOUSE DDF 2016

7 PM – 11 PM

PLAYGROUND DETROIT has curated the latest body of work from Detroit artist, Kristin Adamczyk on view during the 2126 Pierce Street Open House: DDF 2016Join us during Eastern Market After Dark for food, drinks, and music along with tours of this exciting micro-hotel. At 9PM there will be a sit-down conversation about the history of the area and what led to the construction of this unique home, along with the planned developments for the region both through the lens of the Eastern Market 2025 proposal and by highlighting various community initiatives taking place in the neighborhood.

RSVP HERE


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23


DETROIT CITY OF DESIGN SUMMIT: DAY 2
PRESENTED BY LEAR CORPORATION

8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Jam Handy // 2900 E Grand Blvd

Participants will have their choice between two activities for Day 2 of the Summit: an Ideas Challenge or a Detroit City of Design tour.

WALKABLE WARREN
Presented by Wayne State University
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Warren Ave between Woodward and Second Ave

Through creative yet practical streetscape improvements such as painted bike lanes, pedestrian bump-outs, and shortened crosswalks, Wayne State University seeks to re-imagine Warren Ave as a safe, active, and vibrant corridor.

GARY SIMMONS: INSTALLATION
PRESENTED BY CULTURE LAB DETROIT AND MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
1301 Broadway St, #101, Detroit, MI 48226

Walk into an immersive installation in which Simmons wallpapers the entire space in layers of self-created musical posters.

THE FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN IN DETROIT
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
LTU Detroit Center for Design + Technology  // 4219 Woodward Ave

Bringing together some of the best minds and creative ideas in the design and tech space, this workshop will explore the future of technology and design in Detroit.

SENSORY ARCHITECTURE
INSTALLATION BY SEAN AHLQUIST

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
LTU Detroit Center for Design + Technology  // 4219 Woodward Ave

This installation demonstrates how sensory architecture can influence the future of autism and the magical opportunity for design to make an impact in peoples’ lives.

 

METABOLISM II
PRESENTED BY CRISTIN RICHARD
6:00 pm -10:00 pm
Grand On River // 5001 Grand River Ave

Metabolism II is an intimate one-night exhibition utilizing performance, installation, sound, and video. The Reflection of the Self. For Part II of the Metabolism trilogy, Cristin Richard has chosen to examine the question of the reflection, our own reflection in front of ourselves and the one that we later project onto the other: How our own subjectivity pushes us insidiously to construct a dangerous point of view arbitrarily of ourselves. And also how later this altered perception of ourselves could lead us to display a personality that is based on a biased judgment from our own part. Therefore, people in front of us perceive us as such. Does this affect our daily life ? Could the fact that we build our own personality through the dialogue between our consciousness and our reflection distort our relationship with the world ?

It seems that the mind makes it’s own decisions based upon a dialogue between two sides, by any means, it does seem that there is the self, and the reflection of the self. Each side is looking out for the other, and also the best interests for the sum of the two. As human beings, we all have an internal dialogue taking place. According to Freud, there are many facets to one’s personality. It’s almost a division of self. These different facets are only revealed when we encounter certain energies from certain people, or specific situations. It is intriguing that we unconsciously switch in and out of our personality traits. To be closer to her topic, Cristin has worked with different sets of monozygotic twins. For weeks she met them at length and analyzed with them their sense of perception… perception of oneself…and that of the other… Are they not the perfect mirror of themselves? The mirror, an object which creates a dynamic:

Proposing a reflection, a mirror possesses both an identity and the difference. It reveals a mismatch between the being and its’ representation. When the eye is captured and captivated by the mirror, the victim witnesses his power or distortion, making the mirror harmful while denouncing a certain perversity: Courtly love illusions, pride and vanity of Narcissus…

Grand On River, the Historical Detroit Savings Bank (b.1927), will host this unique performance, the space and its’ specific architecture will be the theater of a complex experience. And as usual in her artistic practice, Richard will use the viewer as a part of her work, this participatory project should lead them to a deep reflexion about the reflection of the self : who really are we ?

RSVP HERE

DETROIT AFRICAN FUNKESTRA
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
North End, Detroit 
Join Detroit Afrikan Music Institution (DAMI) for an unprecedented event featuring Detroit’s leading Afrofuturist music innovators, broadcasting live from an interstellar performance environment.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24


BUS SHELTER DESIGN PROJECT KICKOFF
PRESENTED BY COMMUNITY + PUBLIC ARTS: DETROIT

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
19800 Plymouth Rd

Addressing an important community need through design, Kef Parker’s creative and artistically designed bus shelters are in the form of three large letters which collectively spell “BUS” when viewed together.

YOUTH DAY
PRESENTED BY THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY FUND

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dequindre Cut

Calling Detroit’s next generation of design stars! Enjoy  an afternoon of design education and exploration featuring special programming by the Henry Ford Learning Institute.

THE DETROIT WINE STROLL
PRESENTED BY THE DETROIT AREA ART DECO SOCIETY

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Angelina’s Bistro // 1565 Broadway St

Check out several architecturally significant structures while enjoying a variety of wines paired with a delicious appetizer at each unique venue.

PARDUCCI FILM SCREENING: THE MAN WHO MADE DETROIT BEAUTIFUL
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
University of Detroit Mercy, School of Architecture // 4001 W. McNichols Rd.

The documentary Parducci: The Man Who Made Detroit Beautiful is a story of an Italian immigrant who became one of our country’s top architectural sculptors, leaving his mark on Detroit by decorating the exteriors of many of the city’s most significant buildings.

LIGHT UP LIVERNOIS
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Livernois Ave, between 6 Mile Rd and 8 Mile Rd

With a focus on how great urban design can drive the economic future of this neighborhood, programming will include open businesses, fashion vignettes, urban redevelopment plans, musical performances, and small business highlights.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25


OPEN STREETS
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
3.7 miles of Michigan Ave and W. Vernor (see event link for route details)

In this first-time event, Michigan Ave. and Vernor Hwy will be transformed into a giant street park as the road is temporarily blocked to automobile traffic.

DETROIT SOUP
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jam Handy // 2900 E Grand Blvd

Residents will pitch ideas for design-based interventions for their neighborhoods to the community over soup and salad, letting attendees vote for the best idea.

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