Community design is continually evolving. Globally, the state of the economy and catastrophic events influence the focus of community design. Locally, the needs and characteristics of a community impact the way community designers work. All of these forces are in perpetual flux. In response, community design methods need continuous evaluation, questioning old habits and generating new ideas. EMERGENCE will bring together emerging and experienced community designers to discuss these topics and highlight those who are leading the way to the future of community design.

How can community designers work within the continuous flux of community needs? How can community designers influence the future of community design and its importance to the transformation of place? How can the community design profession merge with other professions to create more holistic communities? Who and what are the new and emerging models for community design? How can community design empower community members to emerge as leaders?

Please register by June 1st to engage in the conversation and be a part of the celebration of our host, Detroit Collaborative Design Center's 20th Anniversary!

On Thursday June 12 we will be kicking off the conference with a reception at the Carr Center at Harmonie Park (311 E. Grand River Ave.), 6-8PM. There will be drinks, light appetizers and a blues band! As always, check the conference website for additional details:

On Friday June 13, registration and breakfast begin at 8:30AM at the United Way (660 Woodward Ave.), which is within walking distance of all downtown hotels. Enter the First National Building through the Cadillac Square entrance and take the "West" elevator to the 3rd floor. There will be a couple people helping with directions. If you are driving, validated parking is available at "Handy Parking" located at 64 Cadillac Square, right next door.

On Saturday June 14 we will have a shuttle available to the conference venue (University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols Rd.) and on Sunday June 15 we will be leading three tours of Detroit neighborhoods and projects, 9-11AM, all leaving from the Westin Book Cadillac. Please fill out this very quick survey to let us know whether you need a ride and which tour you would like to join: ACD 2014 SURVEY

We were recently informed that we filled our block of rooms at the Westin Book Cadillac and the hotel is fully booked as well. Here are some alternate downtown hotels, which are within walking distance of all conference venues (or bus pick-up locations).
DoubleTree Suites: 313-963-5600525 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
Holiday Inn Express: 313-887-70001020 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
Crowne Plaza: 313-965-02002 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
Marriott at the RenCen: 313-568-8000400 Renaissance Dr W, Detroit, MI 48243
Courtyard: 313-222-7700333 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

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