The Student Design Summit may be a complementary component of the Detroit Cultural Center Planning Initiative (CCPI) that engages students in contemporary design practice and community involvement. Each Design Summit is amid a Student Design Competition to offer highschool and university students within the State of Michigan a chance to re-conceptualize spaces in need of innovative design solutions. Students work together in teams and are given resources, networked with professionals, and use the competition to elevate their skills and develop new ones. The Summit also includes talks with design professionals and guidance on masterplan development.

The theme for this year’s Student Design Competition is Designing for Digital Transformation. Even before COVID-19, Detroit’s cultural institutions demonstrated an appetite for developing cross-cutting digital strategies and programs to reinforce their missions and attract new audiences with compelling content and engagement. The pandemic further compelled cultural institutions to extend their online activities, to supply an important connection to the audiences they serve. This crisis made us acutely aware that a strong digital strategy entails far more than simply adding content online. It requires a fundamental understanding of the connection we would like to possess with our audiences, of digital skills, platforms, and opportunities.

We are trying to find innovative visions that catalyze digital transformation for Detroit’s Cultural Center. Ideas should be anchored in digital inclusion, and designed to integrate our core values and beliefs while promoting the excellence, and cultural vibrancy our cultural institutions are recognized for.

A jury will choose one (1) overall winner and two (2) runner-up winners.

  • 1st Prize: $2,500 USD
  • 2nd Prize: $1,000 USD
  • 3rd Prize: $1,000 USD

More information can be found at Midtown Cultural Connections website.

Download the information related to this competition here.

  • Title

    Call for Submissions: Detroit Cultural Center Planning Initiative – Student Design Summit
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Student Competitions)
  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    October 20, 2020 11:30 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    November 30, 2020 11:30 PM
  • Price


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