United by Design, Detroit x Toronto: A tale of two design cities
Jan 25 2023
event: talk in-person

Design Core Detroit and Cambria join efforts to facilitate a lively conversation that highlights designers who are actively practicing internationally from Detroit and Toronto. In 2015, Detroit was designated by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the first and only City of Design in the United States. In 2017, Toronto became the first Canadian city to receive a UNESCO designation for Media Arts. This event will touch on what the designation means for Detroit, Toronto, and the sustainable aspects of sourcing regional talent, materials and products. The conversation will discuss shared experiences and the benefits of working in between two creative capitals across nation lines. In addition, several Canadian students enrolled with Detroit’s College for Creative Studies and Pensole Lewis College of Business and Design will be joining the presentation to express how design education is important and describe what it means to be ‘United by Design’.

DesignTO x KEDD

‘United by Design, Detroit x Toronto: A tale of two design cities’ is one of 10 projects in the King East Design District (located in Old Town Toronto), a neighbourhood running along King Street East, from Church Street to Parliament Street. During the DesignTO Festival, you are invited to visit exhibitions, workshops and talks hosted in the showrooms of select local businesses.

On Friday, January 27, join us for King East Design District Party presented by DesignTO, a roaming neighbourhood party anchored by five Party Hubs. The KEDD Party is a must-attend bash, bringing together hundreds of designers and design-lovers.


Design Core Detroit, Cambria, College for Creative Studies, Pensole Lewis College for Business & Design, Mottoform


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Who should visitors contact with questions regarding accessibility?
Frances Bernardo
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Photo Credit: Cambria
Photo Credit: Cambria
Photo Credit: Design Core Detroit
Photo Credit: Design Core Detroit