2015 Programs

Culture Lab Detroit's Fall 2015 program engages internationally reputed designers, scholars, landscape architects, urban farmers and chefs to explore the concept of Green Space – a topic crucial to the vitality and mindful regeneration of Detroit’s changing environment.

Overview & Highlights from Culture Lab Detroit 2015

Greening the City

The Politics & Possibilities of Green Space

September 10, 2015
Benson and Edith Ford Conference Center
A. Alfred Taubman Center, College for Creative Studies

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Alice Waters

(Photo: Amanda Marsalis)

ALICE WATERS, chef, author, food activist, and owner of Chez Panisse, has been a champion of local, sustainable agriculture for over four decades. She is the founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project, an innovative model for public education that integrates the growing and cooking of food into the core academic curriculum.

Will Allen

(Photo: Joe Picciolo)

WILL ALLEN is an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to underserved urban populations. The son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex–corporate sales leader, and longtime farmer, he is recognized as a national pioneer in urban agriculture and food policy.

Patrick Blanc

(Photo: Pascal Héni)

PATRICK BLANC is a botanist, ecological engineer, and inventor of the vertical garden, which he conceived as a teenager in the late 1960s. His PhD, in 1978, concerned the growth habits of the plants of the aroid family, and his doctorat ès sciences concerned the adaptive strategies of the tropical rainforest understory species, his central area of research since joining the National Center for Scientific Research in 1982.

Stephen Henderson

(Photo: Kathleen Galligan)

Detroit native STEPHEN HENDERSON has been editorial page editor for the Detroit Free Press since January 2009. Prior to that, he was a reporter, editorial writer and editor at the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune, the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader and the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau, where he covered the U.S. Supreme Court from 2003–2007. Henderson's work has been honored with more than a dozen national awards, including the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

Architecture & Nature

Designing for today’s urban landscape

September 11, 2015
Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall
Detroit Institute of Arts

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Walter Hood

(Photo: Marcus Hanschen)

Best known as a landscape designer, WALTER HOOD has been engaged in architectural commissions, urban design, art installations, and research for over 20 years. The integration of local culture is fundamental to his approach to design, which focuses on adapting overlooked urban sites to create meaningful public spaces that enrich their communities.

Sou Fujimoto

(Photo: David Vintiner)

Born in 1971 in Hokkaido, Japan, SOU FUJIMOTO founded Sou Fujimoto Architects in Tokyo in 2000. Fujimoto provides rigorous, diverse design services to clients around the world, blending natural and architectural elements to imagine what is possible in the built environment.

Reed Kroloff


REED KROLOFF is the founding principal of jones|kroloff, a unique practice that develops strategy for clients in the architecture and design industry and also guides architect selection processes. Mr. Kroloff was previously the Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans, Louisiana, which he led through Hurricane Katrina and its recovery.