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Design thinking workshop at LTU's Detroit center, part of Detroit Design Festival

Release Date: September 9, 2016


Lawrence Technological University will host a Design Thinking Workshop Friday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at its Detroit Center for Design + Technology (DCDT).

The center is located at 4219 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.

The workshop, titled “The Future of Technology and Design in Detroit,” intends to bring the best minds and creative ideas in the design and technology fields together to explore the future of technology and design in Detroit. It will include information on design thinking, and a design exercise for participants.

The workshop is being held in conjunction with the four-day (Sept. 21-25) Detroit Design Festival. Included is a two-day Detroit City of Design Summit, an intensive set of discussions and planning sessions. The effort is being coordinated by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, metropolitan Detroit’s creative industries advocacy organization – better known as DC3.

“We’re really looking forward to aligning ourselves with DC3 and what they’re doing, and the overall mission of the Detroit Design Festival,” said Christopher Stefani, assistant director of LTU’s DCDT. “We’re here to bring the creative community and community organizations together with our student body. Our role in the design festival is to foster a conversation about the role that technology can play in design in the city.”

On Dec. 11, 2015, Detroit became the first city in the United States 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. The festival celebrates that achievement and looks ahead to the city’s future in design and technology – exploring what it means for Detroit to build a more innovative, more adaptive, more equitable and more sustainable city through the power of design.

Lawrence Tech opened DCDT in September 2015 to serve as the home of the Detroit programs of LTU’s College of Architecture and Design. The building brings more opportunities to position existing programs for greater social and community impact, as well as more opportunities to engage organizations and groups working to improve the city.

The Detroit Creative Corridor Center and Creative Many Michigan partnered in creating the Summit to kick off a year-long planning process to build a vision for Detroit City of Design. The Summit is intended for design practitioners, community leaders, planners and policymakers, and anyone else who is passionate about making design work for good.

The festival will kick off Wednesday, Sept. 21 with an evening panel discussion on “Leveraging Detroit's UNESCO Designation” at the University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols Road. The Detroit City of Design Summit Day 1 and Day 2, Sept. 22 and 23, will be held at the Jam Handy building, 2900 E. Grand Boulevard.

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