Adaptation cannot be an afterthought.

Thinking ahead can catalyze ideas and methods of growth while also reducing vulnerability to climate change. Global actions to slow climate change are promising but insufficient, and climate adaptation has become a pressing issue. Climate change consequences are impacting not only our environment but human rights, poverty, inequity, global food security, health [to name a few] and are calling for rapid action and adaptation. This emergency, without precedent, requires bold and creative thinking.

Venue Location
The conference will be held on the College for Creative Studies’ campus in the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education.

Taubman Center: Google Maps


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For the second time in the 30-year history of Cumulus, the conference comes to North America. Cumulus Conference 2022 will explore what role designers play in fostering Adaptation through a wide range of approaches, methods, visions, and experiments that draw on Adaptation to reduce vulnerabilities and foster resilience for any community, big or small.

CCS has partnered with the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) to bring a wider perspective from across the North American sector. Detroit, a UNESCO City of Design, is an ideal location for exploring art and design-led research in a sustainably minded and socially aware community of practice.

The complex consequences of climate change have pushed the need for community resilient strategies to thrive in the face of change. Cumulus Detroit invites you to discuss the theme focused on adapting to survive and grow, no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks we will experience.

Thank you to the following organizations for their support of the Design for Adaptation Cumulus Conference.


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