Public x Design, our annual convening on public life, will take place this September in Detroit, Michigan with the theme “From Inclusion to Equity.” We are exploring the role of design and planning in fostering a more equitable public realm and achieving the visions of community partners. Learn more at 

We have chosen Detroit, a UNESCO City of Design, and a Knight Foundation Community, to locate this year’s conference because we are inspired by the energy and enthusiasm that Detroit is investing in improving the connectivity and vibrance of its public spaces and public life. From Maurice Cox, transforming the City’s planning department into one more reflective of the people it serves, to the multitude of grassroots and creative forces shaping Detroit from the bottom up, Detroiters are writing the future of their public spaces with an emphasis on the needs of long-term residents. Public x Design will unite an international audience with local talent to explore the city’s public spaces, challenges, and triumphs.

Together, we will share models and devise solutions for cultivating healthy, equitable, thriving public life.

We’re offering early bird registration until August 2. Register today at

Call for Proposals

Interested in hosting a session? We are requesting proposals for site visits, workshops, presentations, and more. 

Session proposals will be accepted until Tuesday, July 31, 2018. To submit your proposal, please use this form. There is no limit on how many proposals an individual may submit. We will reach out to submitters of accepted proposals in early August 2018. Read the full instructions to submit here.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you interested in sponsoring Public x Design 2018? We would love to partner with you.

In addition to funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Surdna Foundation, we welcome sponsors to support the production of Public x Design. Approximately 200-250 people will attend — from youth to seasoned changemakers, lifetime local residents to first-time international visitors. Whether your goal is to contribute experiences and knowledge to drive change, to learn from others around the world, or just to connect with like-minded people, sponsoring Public x Design helps ensure that we are shaping a better collective public realm through public life. Sponsoring the conference helps us convene international speakers and experts, build out specialty subject matter tracks with your input, and provide more networking and fun learning activities for everyone.  

Learn more about the opportunities and benefits of sponsorship.