30 episodes

As stewards of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design Designation, we aim to raise your awareness of how design can create conditions for better quality of life and economic opportunity for all. In season 3, we will hear from thought leaders who view our world through a lens of empathy and apply design thinking to address some of our world’s most pressing issues.

Detroit City of Design Podcast Olga Stella

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    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

As stewards of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design Designation, we aim to raise your awareness of how design can create conditions for better quality of life and economic opportunity for all. In season 3, we will hear from thought leaders who view our world through a lens of empathy and apply design thinking to address some of our world’s most pressing issues.

    Hanna Harris on How Design Can Help Develop a Functional City

    Hanna Harris on How Design Can Help Develop a Functional City

    In 2020, Helsinki was ranked as the happiest city in the world by the World Happiness Report. Can design influence citizen happiness? Hanna Harris, City of Helsinki's Chief Design Officer, is leading Helsinki’s pioneering work of using design to transform the city’s future. In this episode, we will discuss the role of design in the public sector and developing a functional city that works for all people.

    • 35 min
    Dr. D'Wayne Edwards on Fueling the Future of Footwear

    Dr. D'Wayne Edwards on Fueling the Future of Footwear

    Dr. D'Wayne Edwards knows what it takes to succeed in the growing world of footwear - and a traditional college degree is not on his list. As a design educator and founder of PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy based in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Edwards has developed a rigorous “learn by doing” educational experience delivered in partnership with industry’s top brands and retailers. In this episode we will hear about D'wayne's accelerated design education for and how he created a competitive pipeline of BIPOC talent for global brands.

    • 44 min
    Sandy Fershee on Human-Centered Design and the Automotive Industry

    Sandy Fershee on Human-Centered Design and the Automotive Industry

    Henry Ford did more than just put the world on wheels - he innovated a new way of manufacturing through the assembly line. Once again Ford Motor Company is a leader in innovation — this time using design-thinking to push the edge of its future strategies. In this episode, Sandy Fershee, Lab Director at D-Ford Detroit, will share how human-centered design can be key to transforming the automotive industry, businesses and other organizations.

    • 38 min
    LinYee Yuan on The Role of Design in the Food System

    LinYee Yuan on The Role of Design in the Food System

    Can designers help solve the global food crisis? LinYee Yuan thinks so. Lin Yee is a design journalist and founding editor of MOLD, an online and print magazine about designing the future of food. In this episode we are going to explore the role of design in the food system, how designers can help us address the oncoming food crisis, and why food activists should work with designers.

    • 31 min
    Dessa Cosma, Jeannette Lee, and Saundra Little on Designing Detroit's Most Accessible Place

    Dessa Cosma, Jeannette Lee, and Saundra Little on Designing Detroit's Most Accessible Place

    What does it mean to make a place truly accessible? The “LOVE” Building considered a lot more than ADA regulations in its approach. This project embraced a collaborative design process to develop a space that serves a diverse group of organizations and the broader community. Learn more from some of the key organizers and designers supporting this groundbreaking project.

    • 34 min
    Tanya and Luis Ali on Creating New Talent Pipelines

    Tanya and Luis Ali on Creating New Talent Pipelines

    Husband and wife duo Tanya Saldivar Ali and Luis Ali share how they're using inclusive design to address challenges faced by minority builders in urban development and planning. In this episode we will hear how Tanya and Luis are using their Detroit projects to mentor and uplift local narratives in the design built ecosystem.

    • 33 min

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12 Ratings

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Onward to the City of Design!

Detroit - the only UNESCO City of Design in the United States and among just a few in the world - has always hit well above its weight in the influence of design, first reshaping the landscape of North America - and then the world. The epicenter of midcentury modernism, Detroit has always been a place that looks to the future and has never been afraid to experiment. This podcast promises to tease out how design not just defines products but also has the power to define place and to help people.

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Cleverly Curated

Design Core brings it in this thought provoking design forward podcast. Can’t wait to hear the next episodes.

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