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Design Global – Istanbul

Wednesday, Feb 27th, 2013 by

Intrastate; International Collaboration.

The Detroit Creative Corridor Center is proud to be working with the Lansing based Prima Civitas Foundation, the Turkish Resource Center of North America and Grand Rapids based Design West Michigan to advance the international reach of Michigan-based design professionals and academics.

The 2013 Design Global Summit, to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, is a recent manifestation of this new partnership. We’re excited to share information about this Summit with you, and hope that you can join us in the interest of cultivating existing and developing new international relationships. After all: it’s all about Detroit as a global center of design and creativity.

So, now to answer a few questions about Design Global 2013.

First, why Turkey, and why Istanbul?

Turkey’s growing role as an economic, cultural, and design center highlights the importance of innovation and design and spurs the development of creative industries, particularly in the multicultural metropolis of Istanbul. One of the primary objectives of this summit is to celebrate this creative potential and share it with the North American audience.

There is nowhere better to explore design and innovation than in Istanbul, a city of infinite layers, charged with the vitality that comes from engaging with rapid urban, social, and cultural change. Istanbul is a dynamic city and its distinctive creative qualities encapsulate a wider discussion about the nature of design globally.

Second, who will attend this Summit?

A broad cross section of individuals from the Midwest and Turkey, including: leaders viewing systems and physical design as a competitive advantage; design-driven faculty, students, industrial leaders, economic development specialists; directors of design and innovation, design buyers, design consultants; and, of course, designers and creative executives across a variety of disciplines, such as architecture, graphic design, advertising, fashion design, industrial design, craft, visual & digital arts, engineering, publishing, and more.

What do we hope to achieve via encouraging participation in Design Global?

We want Design Global to ignite your creativity, strengthen your skills, sharpen your tech savvy, and connect you with global peers through offering a series of interactive industry visits and tour and engaging speakers from throughout North America and Turkey.

As an attendee, you will participate with design, business, and social innovation leaders from a variety of industries who will share their approaches to create value through design. Presenters will demonstrate the broadening role design plays in institutional strategy, leadership, process and service, and how the creative attributes of designers provide special advantages to tackling socially as well as economically relevant projects and enhance the human experience.

Key Details:

Design Global is planned by the Turkish Resource Center of North America and the Prima Civitas Foundation, with programmatic and strategic support from the Detroit Creative Corridor Center and Design West Michigan.  It will be held in Istanbul, Turkey June 15-16, 2013 at the Harbiye Military Museum & Conference Center. Visit for more information; or keep posted to the DC3 site and related social networks.

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