What Will Detroit Look Like In Five Years? New Design Exhibition Aims to Envision the Future of Detroit Development

“The whole idea was how to expand the conversation about design beyond Detroit.”

The City of Detroit and real estate company Bedrock have teamed up for the Detroit Design 139 architecture exhibition.


The exhibition, which is open now and runs through the end of September, will feature architecture proposals in various states of completion intended to improve the Detroit community from downtown Detroit, Midtown and into the neighborhoods.


“The whole idea was how to expand the conversation about design beyond the traditional downtown [Detroit], Midtown and spread throughout the 139 square miles of the city, which is squarely focused on neighborhoods,” says Maurice Cox, director of the City of Detroit’s Planning Department.

WDET’s Ryan Patrick Hooper speaks with Maurice Cox and Melissa Dittmer, Bedrock’s vice president of architecture and design, about the new exhibit.

Click on the audio player above for the full conversation. 

Map courtesy of Bedrock



  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.