Detroit Becomes First U.S. City To Receive UNESCO “City of Design” Designation

Detroit joins worldwide network of cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion, and cultural vibrancy

After years of hard work supporting Detroit's design industries, DC3 is proud to announce that Detroit is officially a UNESCO City of Design. 

We began this application process back in Spring 2015, where we identified all aspects of what qualifies Detroit to be a City of Design and produced a short video with Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Stephen McGee.

Detroit will be joining 47 cities from 33 countries as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, comprised of cities that represent a strong legacy in one of seven creative fields, from Gastronomy and Literature to Design.

The fact that Detroit is the first American city to receive this designation is something we are incredibly proud of and has been part of our five-year strategy to tap into the city’s rich legacy and support growth in Detroit’s design industries.

“It’s a testament to Detroit’s legacy, as well as a recognition of our potential and commitment,” says Ellie Schneider, Interim Executive Director at DC3. “There is so much history and there are so many talented, committed people and organizations carrying on that legacy in Detroit today."

Becoming a UNESCO City of Design allows Detroit’s design community to learn and exchange best practices from network cities worldwide; amplifying our existing efforts to build a better city and region through the power of design.

It’s been an amazing month for DC3 and we can’t wait to share what’s in store for 2016. We’re definitely going to celebrate and everyone is invited!

Learn more here.


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