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New Exhibition Shows Detroit's Design Power By CARRIE HOJNICKI

Those who follow Detroit are likely familiar with its two-city paradox: While the city’s downtown and midtown neighborhoods experience a veritable boom in real estate and commercial development, surrounding neighborhoods are left on the sidelines, a divide hardened by its racial underpinnings. A new collaboration from the City of Detroit and local real-estate developer Bedrock seeks to push beyond this divergence and celebrate great design from all corners of the city’s 139 square miles.

Detroit Design 139, as the program is aptly named, will encompass an exhibition and auxiliary lectures and community events all housed at the city’s historic 1001 Woodward building. The show will highlight 38 projects spanning the categories of Riverfront, Urban Design, Neighborhood Planning, Mix Tape (Commercial Corridor Strategies), University of Michigan Design Studio, Adaptive Reuse, and New Construction, each vetted by an international jury on the basis of their contribution to all Detroiters.

Among the selected works are Assembly Design’s Roosevelt Park Renewal, McIntosh Poris Associates’ Foundation Hotel, Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s East Riverfront plan, and the Herman Kiefer Hospital Campus. Taken together, the event makes a strong case for Detroit as a design destination—an accolade UNESCO saw when naming it the first American City of Design in 2015.

The exhibition will be open through September 30.

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