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Detroit City of Design Podcast

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Design impacts everyone, for better or for worse. Each week (for ten weeks), we invite designers, changemakers and the curious to participate in a spirited conversation on how design can be used to create conditions for better quality of life and economic opportunity. We see Detroit as a global model for sustainable and equitable development, and we want to keep this conversation going. We will focus on themes such as investment, mobility, neighborhoods, public space, design practice and talent around the world, and its relationship to forward progress here in Detroit.

Design impacts everyone, for better or for worse. Each week (for ten weeks), we invite designers, changemakers and the curious to participate in a spirited conversation on how design can be used to create conditions for better quality of life and economic opportunity. We see Detroit as a global model for sustainable and equitable development, and we want to keep this conversation going. We will focus on themes such as investment, mobility, neighborhoods, public space, design practice and talent around the world, and its relationship to forward progress here in Detroit.

Location:

United States

Description:

Design impacts everyone, for better or for worse. Each week (for ten weeks), we invite designers, changemakers and the curious to participate in a spirited conversation on how design can be used to create conditions for better quality of life and economic opportunity. We see Detroit as a global model for sustainable and equitable development, and we want to keep this conversation going. We will focus on themes such as investment, mobility, neighborhoods, public space, design practice and talent around the world, and its relationship to forward progress here in Detroit.

Language:

English


Episodes

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2/24/2021
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Duration:00:00:51

Philip Kafka and Ishtiaq Rafiuddin Discuss Combining Innovation and Efficiency to Create Design-led Developments that Inspire

9/10/2020
Real estate developer Phillip Kafka and and architect Ishtiaq Rafiuddin discuss real estate development as a system for solving problems, which for Detroit, means ensuring affordability while creating new economic value. Philip and Ish are behind some of Detroit's most exciting projects, including the award-winning restaurant and Takoi and Core City Park. Links for Reference: Takoi, Core City Park, True North, The Caterpillar, Design Core's Real Estate Design Guide, Edwin Chan, Julie...

Duration:00:31:19

Openbox Founder Marquise Stillwell Discusses the Transformative Power of Designing Spaces and Systems to Meet the Needs of All People

8/19/2020
Marquise Stillwell is the founder of Openbox, a design studio and consultancy based in New York City that works at the intersection of people and systems. He is also the cofounder of Opendox, a film company that tells lesser-known narratives, Deem Journal, an editorial publication focused on design as a social practice, and Artmatr, an international community of artists and engineers working to merge digital technology with painting methods. In this episode Marquise and Olga discuss his...

Duration:00:25:13

Dug Song and Sally Carson Discuss Design as a Bridge to Help Tech Companies Better Serve Communities and People

8/5/2020
Dug Song and Sally Carson, discuss the role of design in tech. Doug is a general manager and cofounder of Duo Security, now a part of Cisco. And Sally is their head of product design and user research. Duo Security makes it safe to log into anything from anywhere, from any device, at any time. Duo combines security expertise with a user-centered philosophy to provide simple and effective security solutions for all users today, we will explore why design matters in tech and why we need to...

Duration:00:33:07

Jennifer Janus Discusses How Pophouse Designs Workplaces That Centers Flexibility and Integrates Work-From-Home Possibilities

7/8/2020
Pophouse is a Detroit-based interior design studio focused on strategic, unconventional, and human-centric design. We will discuss how research influences Pophouse’s design strategy and how COVID-19 is impacting the future of workspaces.

Duration:00:28:21

Ryan Sullivan and Grant Goulet of Xenith Discuss How Fostering a Design-thinking Mindset Underscores their Unique Approach to Manufacturing

6/17/2020
Xenith is a Detroit-based industry leader in football helmet technology, and also produces shoulder pads, face masks, apparel and more. Xenith has prioritized design thinking in all of its product development, which has resulted in gear that transcends protection alone—designing for optimal fit, feel, comfort and style. Today, we will discuss how collaboration between designers and engineers can result in groundbreaking innovation. We will also touch on Xenith’s initiative to provide 20,000...

Duration:00:35:21

Rama Gheerawo on Adding Value to Human Life Through Inclusive Design

5/20/2020
Rama Gheerawo is the director of the Helen Hamlyn Center for Design at the Royal College of Art. Rama is a global leader in people-centered and socially inclusive design. He's a serial innovator in the fields of technology, products, services, and transport with over a hundred projects to his name. In this episode we discuss the role of design in creating products, services, and systems that benefit people of all abilities, especially in terms of aging populations in healthcare, and why...

Duration:00:40:18

Jessica Helfand Encourages Business Leaders to Lean on the Creative Process of Designers to Move the Needle

5/6/2020
Jessica Helfand is the and award-winning designer, artist, writer, and the founding editor of Design Observer. Jessica is the author of numerous books on visual and cultural criticism and is also the host of two podcasts, The Observatory and The Design of Business | The Business of Design. Host Olga Stella talks with Jessica about the impact that crisis can have on the creative process, and the crucial role design will play in helping businesses adapt to our new reality. Links for...

Duration:00:34:16

Angela Glover Blackwell Explains Why Designing Equitable Systems Is Imperative to Our Growth as a Nation

4/22/2020
Angela Glover Blackwell is the Founder in Residence at PolicyLink and the host of the Radical Imagination podcast. She has helped grow and define a national equity movement focused on innovating and improving public policy to ensure access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color. Host Olga Stella talks with Angela about how COVID-19 has exacerbated inequality issues as well as how everyone benefits when we implement solutions for our most vulnerable...

Duration:00:32:38

How Designers Help Brands Adapt During Times of Uncertainty

4/1/2020
Kacha Azéma is the executive creative director of Skidmore Studio, a strategic creative studio focused on helping consumer-facing companies grow through innovative design and branding services. Host Olga Stella talks with Kacha about brand adaptation and how design can help businesses through trying times. Links for reference: Skidmore Studio, Detroit Design Network, Bon Bon Bon, Stroh's, Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, Ellis Island Tea, Learnings from the first week of social distancing

Duration:00:31:18

Suchi Reddy on Finding Wonder in Detroit and the Healing Power of Architecture

8/27/2019
Reddymade University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture Johns Hopkins University Times Square Arts "X"

Duration:00:34:49

Sarida Scott on Co-creating Communities with Residents

8/26/2019
Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD)

Duration:00:27:31

Dan Kinkead on Designing Equitable Cities for Future Generations

8/13/2019
SmithGroup Detroit Future City Strategic Framework

Duration:00:24:31

Mark de la Vergne and Lisa Nuszkowski on Designing an accessible, seamless transit system

8/6/2019
City of Detroit Mobility Detroit Department of Transportation Detroit Transit Expansion MoGo Detroit Bike Share MoGo Expansion

Duration:00:44:24

Imani Day and Andrew Blauvelt on Detroit’s Design Legacy

7/30/2019
Gensler University of Detroit Mercy National Organization of Minority Architects Detroit Cranbrook Art Museum

Duration:00:35:55

Zena Howard Talks Remembrance Architecture and Giving Residents Autonomy in their Communities

7/23/2019
Perkins+Will Greenville, North Carolina Town Common National Museum of African American History and Culture Motown Museum

Duration:00:30:20

Frida Escobedo on Designing Spaces that Reflect Cultural Experience

7/16/2019
Serpentine Pavilion Aesop West Loop UNESCO City of Design- Mexico City

Duration:00:26:01

Ralph Gilles on the Role of Automotive Design in a World of Changing Mobility

7/8/2019
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles College for Creative Studies: Transportation Design Waymo

Duration:00:26:00

Craig Wilkins Talks Hip Hop Architecture and the Intersection of Design and Activism

7/2/2019
University of Michigan A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning The Wilkins Project

Duration:00:32:07

Tracy Reese Talks Detroit’s Opportunity for Sustainable Fashion Production

6/25/2019
Industrial Sewing and and Innovation Center Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Detroit Public Schools Foundation College for Creative Studies

Duration:00:28:51