News tagged "Detroit"

November 1, 2016 / Carlie Quezada, Libby Cole and Nina Bianchi

Public Design Trust: Footwork

We're co-leading the production of an exhibition at the 10th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2017. The exhibition Footwork examines the future of network-based working models through the metaphor of dance and its relationship to systems planning and the interconnected movements between people, objects and place.
October 18, 2016 / Fatema Boxwala, Carlie Quezada

Co-Creating Lesson Plans with FoodLab

We're partnering with FoodLab, a community of food entrepreneurs committed to making the possibility of good food in Detroit a sustainable reality. We’re helping to increase their impact by using design thinking to co-create lesson plans for the curriculum they offer to budding food entrepreneurs.
October 1, 2016 / Nina Bianchi and Libby Cole

WD proud sponsor and participant at DDF2016

The Detroit Design Festival (DDF) is an annual citywide celebration of creativity. As part of the Detroit City of Design Summit planning committee, WD played a key role in helping to shape a more participatory and critical dialogue.

November 6, 2015 / Libby Cole and Michael Gregor

Cultivating collaboration to ensure Detroit Head Start’s successful expansion

The movement to strengthen early childhood education in Detroit is growing, and we are excited to be a part of it. The Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative engaged us to plan, design, and implement a citywide campaign to boost enrollment in Detroit’s 65 Head Start centers along with our partners from Early Works.
June 10, 2015 / Michael Gregor

Collaborating to help kids succeed in Head Start

Since it was created 50 years ago, Head Start has impacted 32 million children and their families. It’s one of America’s most successful education programs, and uses evidence-based practices while engaging parents in meaningful ways. We helped Detroit Head Start providers begin to build shared communication strategies to recruit more families to enroll in their programs.

February 17, 2015 / Meg Heeres and Nina Bianchi

Newark and Detroit: design and planning exchanges

In the fall of September 2014, we facilitated a design and planning exchange between Newark, New Jersey and Detroit with local residents and key community collaborators focused on place-based design and organizing.
October 21, 2014 / Nina Bianchi and Kat Hartman

What makes a city 'smart,' anyway?

Nina teamed up with frequent collaborator and friend of The Work Department Kat Hartman to publish an article for Model D titled, “What makes a city 'smart,' anyway?” about their impression of the recent Meeting of the Minds conference in Detroit. In it, they take the phrase “smart city” to task.

June 25, 2014 / Michael Gregor

Co-design in the classroom

“Are you a scientist?” a student asked me as he walked into the room with his class group. I paused to think in the midst of organizing construction paper and Play-Doh. “Well, sometimes, yes.”

June 9, 2014 / Geoff Hing and Michael Gregor

Connecting to LGBT-affirming healthcare providers

Affirmations is Michigan’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community center. Its health and wellness program is revealing the health impacts of stigma, discrimination and societal inequalities while leveraging community strengths and celebrating resiliency. The program is expanding, and staff members are seeking new ways to share crucial health information with the community.

March 13, 2014 / Michael Gregor and Benjamin Chodoroff

Opening local government with Drupal

A few months ago, the Michigan Suburbs Alliance needed to rapidly prototype and deploy a web application to help municipal governments publicize vacant board and commission seats. We excitedly jumped on the project and launched in early February.

September 8, 2013 / Libby Cole and Michael Gregor

Helping Tour de Troit grow

Have you heard of Tour de Troit? Many locals know it as the annual massive bike ride that’s been taking place in Detroit for 12 years. The event is an incredible undertaking that has become very successful. It’s evolved into an organization that now produces multiple events focused on cycling and running while financially supporting non-motorized transportation projects.

July 1, 2013 / Michael Gregor

A new home for Excellent Schools Detroit

One of the most pressing topics in Detroit (and across the country) is the future of education. Many individuals, organizations, and governments are pitching their ideas to improve the experience that students and their families have in Detroit’s schools. One of those organizations is Excellent Schools Detroit — whose mission is to ensure an excellent education for every Detroit child. Much of the organization’s work is focused on teaching families about the education system and evaluating the effectiveness of Detroit’s schools.