Happy New Year, Detroit.

Detroit in December of 2016 is going to be a very different animal – in the world’s eyes – than it is in January of 2016.  What has actually been a transformation years – decades – more than a century in the making will look like an overnight personality change.  Detroit, currently better known for urban blight than urban innovation and violence than vibrant creativity, is being recognized on the world stage for its extraordinary contributions to and opportunity for revolutionary design.

In December 2015, UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization – designated Detroit as an international city of design.

In May through November of 2016, the U.S. pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale will feature four Detroit locations as sites for the theme, “Reporting from the Front: The Architectural Imagination.”

Detroit’s citizens rue its depiction in the media as glorification of ruin porn and excess focus on the city’s “austerity urbanism”, without focusing enough on the incredibly vibrant community experience and the bright future its engaged residents are in the process of crafting for itself.

It looks like, in 2016, Detroit’s star is finally rising.

Happy New Year, Detroit.

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