The State of Detroit
April 28th – August 29th 2015

Newcity:
The State of Detroit: Chicago Design Museum Exhibit Uses Data and Design to Explore the Urban Environment

Paste Magazine:
7 Overlooked Chicago Museums

Elizabeth Cummings:
The State of Detroit Research

When characterizing mobility in Detroit, America’s Motor City, the auto industry and networks of transportation are often first to mind. The idea of movement, to, from and within the city dates back to early European settlers and traders, through the surge of Southerners seeking work in the mid-twentieth century, to the recent migration of young creatives in search of what has been called the last American frontier. However, expanded ideas of mobility, and also, stability, are not tied strictly to the reality of physical movement.

With an understanding of the city’s explosive growth, followed by its continued decline, mobility can also be understood as social, political, and economic. Each of these areas also face the realities of immobility, which can be seen as the limitations and constraints set by the city’s current conditions. It is through this lens and in employing creative thinking and innovative practice that initiatives in Detroit shape the metropolis’ culture, values and potential. Design is everywhere in Detroit.

Curated by Elizabeth Cummings and Morgan Walsh.