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The Detroit News


5 Things to Do Right Now in Detroit
By Hannah Smith
November 3, 2015
It’s no grand revelation that Detroit is on the upswing. But a series of recent openings (and forthcoming exhibition closings) makes the next few weeks an ideal moment to check out Motor City’s burgeoning design scene.
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The Editor at Large


Detroit artisans pair up with designers for David Stark pop-up
On The Editor at Large
October 30, 2015
A new initiative in Detroit is pairing world-renowned designers with area businesses, artists, manufacturers and organizations to create products with a "green space" theme. The program is presented by Culture Lab Detroit, an organization that "fosters conversations and collaborations between Detroit and the international design community."
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The Detroit News


Green-inspired popup shop ties local, national artists
By Maureen Feighan
October 30, 2015
Nora, a modern housewares store in Midtown, Detroit, is teaming up with Culture Lab Design on a new popup shop featuring green-inspired products.
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The Architect's Newspaper


Digging Into Detroit's Future
By Stephen Zacks
October 27, 2015
All summer, a lively cavalcade of events and performances testified to a reawakened cosmopolitanism in Detroit and proclaimed a community that is growing in size and complexity. Detroit’s 139 square miles are suddenly teeming with contemporary art, design, and development activity.
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Wall Street Journal


Detroit’s Homemade Makeover
By Sarah Medford
October 7, 2015
With Culture Lab Detroit, Jane Schulak has sparked a dialogue between visiting luminaries and local talents in search of creative ways to revitalize the urban environment.
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Nora


Greening the City: The Politics and Possibilities of Green Space
By Casey Rocheteau
October 2, 2015
This panel discussion focused on the idea of green urban spaces, although it seemed that those in attendance were most interested in urban farming. Coming from the east coast, and living in densely populated cities, “green space” can be an oddly foreboding concept, my mind tends to assume projects of urban renewal, attempts at sustainable condominiums, and various forms of eminent domain used to sweep clear neighborhoods in favor of parks and golf courses. This panel proved to be nearly the opposite of any such expectations.
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Nora


Architecture and Nature: Designing for Today’s Urban Landscape
By Casey Rocheteau
October 2, 2015
Sou Fujimoto and Walter Hood are two seemingly distinct architects with disparate focuses, and yet they made for a fascinating pairing for Culture Lab’s second panel discussion. While I was unable to stay through the Q&A discussion, I was able to catch both presentations and draw potential conclusions about how their work connects to the landscape here in Detroit.
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Cultured


Design X Detroit
By Tali Jaffe
September, 2015
When Kelly Behun was invited to take part in Culture Lab Detroit Designs—a pop-up shop stocked with commissioned objects made by designers like Sebastian Errazuriz, the Campana Brothers, Paola Navone and Thing Thing, in collaboration with Detroit-based organizations—she had one guiding principal: “Never assume something can’t work.”
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Whitewall


Culture Lab Detroit: Dialogues on Green Design
By Katy Donoghue
September 16, 2015
Last Thursday and Friday, Culture Lab Detroit hosted two evenings of dialogues and dinners on the topic of design and green space. Founded in 2013 by Jane Schulak, the organization aims to make connections and collaborations surrounding design between Detroit and the broader design community.
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Southend


DIA hosts Culture Lab Detroit discussion on 'green spaces'
By Nicolette Rankin
September 14, 2015
Going green doesn’t simply apply to a certain lifestyle; it’s a culture—it’s art. Culture Lab Detroit presented “Architecture and Nature: Designing for Today’s Urban Landscape” on Sept. 11.
Culture Lab Detroit is an organization that fosters conversations and collaborations between Detroit and the international design community to drive culture as an agent of positive social change. This year’s theme was “Green Space.” This is a topic crucial to the vitality and regeneration of Detroit’s changing urban environment.
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Detroit Free Press


Culture Lab Detroit explores politics and possibilities of greenspace
By John Froelich
September 11, 2015
A standing room only crowd filled the auditorium at the A. Alfred Taubman Center at the College for Creative Studies during opening night of the Culture Lab Detroit discussion series on Thursday, September 10, 2015 in downtown Detroit.
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Wallpaper


Green futures: Culture Lab Detroit explores the Motor City landscape
By Ann Binlot
September 11, 2015
With the legendary Cranbrook Academy of Art – the Saarinens, Charles and Ray Eames, and Florence Knoll are just a few of its prominent design alumni – a mere 30-minute drive away from Detroit, it's no wonder that Jane Schulak founded Culture Lab Detroit – the organisation whose goal is 'to foster conversations between Detroit and the international design community', she explains.
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Michigan Public Radio


Detroit design symposium to focus on green space
By Michigan Public Radio
September 10, 2015
An annual design and urbanism symposium begins tonight in Detroit.
The focus of Culture Lab Detroit is to look at the city's 23 square miles of vacant land and figure out how to use that land in ways that enrich the lives of long-time and new residents.
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Click On Detroit


Live in the D: Culture Lab Detroit
By Click On Detroit
September 10, 2015
Designers come together to discuss how design can reshape a city.
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Guernica


Green Thumbs in the Motor City
By Ed Winstead
September 10, 2015
At the forefront, leading the charge with Wozniak and Daughdrill and the many others like them, are Jane Schulak and Culture Lab, the organization she founded two years ago to bring designers, architects, urban farmers, chefs, and artists to Detroit, to see these spaces and cook up ideas for their futures. She’s not trying to colonize Detroit, not interested in “ruin porn” tourists or neoliberal disruptivists, but to support and supplement the many people working to revitalize the Detroit that is their home.
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Fox 2 Detroit


Culture Lab Detroit discussions this week
By Fox 2 Detroit
September 8, 2015
Culture Lab Detroit Founder Jane Schulak joins The Nine to talk about Culture Lab Detroit.
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Detroit Free Press


Culture Lab Detroit to explore greener future for city
By Mark Stryker,
September 9, 2015
If you’re going to talk about the greening of Detroit, developing a sustainable food economy and the interplay of architecture and nature in reinventing the city, then it’s hard to image a more star-studded group of speakers than the one Culture Lab Detroit has lined up Thursday and Friday.
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Conde Nast Traveler


Motor City's Drive Towards a Greener Future
By Hunter Braithwaite
September 4, 2015
Culture Lab Detroit—with the help of international urban planning and design luminaries—is transforming the city’s green space.
On an August afternoon in Detroit’s Banglatown—so named for the sizable Bangladeshi population—artists, designers, and property developers gathered in the garden of Kate Daughdrill’s Burnside Farm, plucking spring rolls from a picnic table made of beams salvaged from the burnt-out home next door. The lunch included a planning discussion for the third edition of Culture Lab Detroit, an annual design and urbanism symposium happening next month.
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Elle Decor


Revitalized Urban Spaces
By Ingrid Abramovich
September 2015
Five years ago, the news about Detroit's declining economic fortunes was relentlessly negative. But Jane Schulak, a creative director who was born in the city and now lives in a suburb, had no intention of giving up on the historic metropolis. "I kept hearing buzz about the art-and-design scene and asked a plugged-in friend to show me around," says Schulak, who has designed exhibitions for the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. "I fell in love with the energy I saw."
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Detroit News


Culture Lab Detroit hosts dialogue on green space
By Maureen Feighan
August 31, 2015
Detroit is a city fighting to redefine its landscape. From urban farming to community gardens, the city continues to evolve and change its green space. Now, on Sept. 10, Culture Lab Detroit — an organization that fosters conversations and collaborations between Detroit and the international design community — will host a “Greening the City: The Politics and Possibilities of Green Space” at the Benson and Edith Ford Conference Center at the College for Creative Studies.
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Detroit Free Press


Culture Lab Detroit turning 'green' for 2015
By Mark Stryker
August 11, 2015
Culture Lab Detroit is returning to Detroit in September, and this time the event will be cast in green.
Now in its third year, Culture Lab Detroit, a catalyst for collaboration and conversation about the role of design in reshaping Detroit, is devoting its 2015 programming to the theme of Green Space.
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Press for Culture Lab Detroit 2014

Elle Decor


A CHARMING (AND EASY!) PARTY DIY WITH DAVID STARK
By Amy Preiser
June 9, 2014
Throwing a summer party but loathe to dig out last summer's table linens...or buy new ones? We flipped for David Stark's clever way to DIY your own set of tabletop wonders, as seen here at a salon dinner for Culture Lab Detroit.
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Blouin Art Info


Culture Lab Detroit: A Survey of a City's Outsider Art Scene
By Janelle Zara
May 4, 2014
“I want to solve real problems,” Theaster Gates told ARTINFO last week, shortly before Culture Lab Detroit’s “Art Interventions” talk, a conversation between him, London-based architect David Adjaye, São Paulo-based designers Humberto and Fernando Campana, and moderator David Stark, an event and graphic designer based in Brooklyn, on what creativity can do for Detroit.
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Artforum


Make or Break
By Kate Sutton
May 3, 2014
Culture Lab Detroit frames itself as “a catalyst for conversations and collaborations.” Founded by local patroness Jane Schulak, and operating under the aegis of the DC3, it supplements a three-day program of exhibitions, tours, concerts, and panel conversations with two salon dinners, giving locals and invited guests alike the chance to poke at some of the elephants in the room.
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Cool Hunting


A discussion with musician Shara Worden at Culture Lab Detroit's "In Cahoots" performance
By David Graver
April 30, 2014
We had an opportunity to speak with Worden just before her "In Cahoots" collaborative performance with the operatic Migguel Anggelo at this year's Culture Lab Detroit. She offered her thoughts on marching bands, genre-bending and what makes a healthy musical ecosystem.
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Motor City Blog


Culture Lab - Can Art and Collaboration Help Rebuid a City?
By Jan Thompson
April 30, 2014
On Saturday night Culture Labs last event for 2014 was held at Trinosophes in Eastern Market, a huge space, coffee shop and music venue. The barristers served a host of soft drink cocktails and coffee and the large crowd gathered in their seats and standing room only, to listen to My Brightest Diamond and Migguel Anggelo.
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Architectural Record


Newsmaker: Theaster Gates
By Josephine Minutillo
April 30, 2014
Theaster Gates is a performance artist, potter, object maker, educator, urban planner, and innovator, and he has become a catalyst for renewal on Chicago’s South Side by putting his background to use in a unique way. RECORD talked with Gates in Detroit, where he participated in the second annual Culture Lab Detroit, a conference that engages design and entrepreneurial talent to bring awareness to and stimulate development in the Motor City.
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Cool Hunting


A forum for design invigoration within a city alive with creative thinking
By David Graver
April 28, 2014
Detroit has more than the makings of a contemporary cultural capital; the city holds a rich history as a pioneer in music and industrial innovation. But there's no shortage of current programs that continue to encourage artists to foster, evolve and perpetuate its legacy. And in its second year, Culture Lab Detroit—a platform involving talks, exhibitions, salon dinners and performances—bolsters this​with a unifying voice and an influx of ideas.
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Ixiti


Culture Lab Detroit Inspires, Entertains, Sparks Innovation
April 23, 2014​
Culture Lab Detroit brings world class designers to the city to spark ideas and conversation, from April 24-26, 2014. The event is also a catalyst for some amazing music and art that you can experience, too. Founded by Jane Schulak in partnership with the Detroit Creative Corridor Center and in collaboration with the College for Creative Studies, the goal of Culture Lab is to increase awareness and the imprint of Detroit's creative community internationally.
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Deadline Detroit


Detroit Culture Lab Will Focus on 'Regenerative Design in Urban Areas'
April 23, 2014​
Jane Schulak founded the Detroit Culture Lab last year to connect Detroit artists, designers and entrepreneurs with their global counterparts... The event this week will include "local business leaders, foundations, politicians and prominent members of the cultural community who can help move the needle in Detroit...
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Detroit Free Press


Culture Lab Detroit founder aims to connect artists to revitalize the D
By Mark Stryker
April 22, 2014​
Can good design fix Detroit? Well, not on its own, of course. But arts, culture and design are playing a critical role in revitalizing the city. On one front are the growing number of artists and young creatives moving into the city. On another front is the continuing influence of cultural institutions like the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Institute of Arts. Then there is the expanding economic Century Gothic of aesthetic-minded entrepreneurs and incubators.
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Blouin Art Info


Culture Lab Detroit: What Creativity Can Do for Urban Regeneration
By Janelle Zara
April 4, 2014​
Despite the economic tumult plaguing Detroit, and consequently the city’s art scene, creativity is flourishing. “There’s this 21st-century creative renaissance that seems to be happening,” says Jane Shulak, founder of the Culture Lab Detroit conference, taking place April 24 through 26. Creative talents, some local and some from around the world, are taking advantage of the Motor City’s current surplus of low-cost spaces and sparking what Shulak calls a city-wide grassroots movement that’s high on productive potential.
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The New York Times


Culture Lab Detroit to Focus on Regenerative Design
By Randy Kennedy
March 4, 2014
Culture Lab Detroit, which began last year as a program to recruit well-known designers and artists to collaborate with their peers in Detroit, announced a series of programs for its second year, which will feature the British architect David Adjaye; the Chicago artist and community activist Theaster Gates; and the Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana.
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Blouin Art Info


Theaster Gates, David Adjaye, and The Campanas to Talk Urban Regeneration in Detroit
By Janelle Zara
March 7, 2014
Detroit will host Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, London-based architect David Adjaye, and São Paulo-based industrial designers Fernando and Humberto Campana in a conversation hosted by Brooklyn-based designer and author David Stark on subject matter essential to a city facing financial and cultural tumult: “regenerative design in urban areas,” the topic of this year’s edition of Culture Lab Detroit.
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DDF 2014


Culture Lab Detroit is Back This April 24 - 26, 2014
March 19, 2014
Culture Lab Detroit, a catalyst for conversations and collaborations between Detroit’s artists, designers, technologists, and the larger design world, announces its 2014 programs. From April 24 through 26, 2014, Culture Lab Detroit, in partnership with Detroit Creative Corridor Center and the College for Creative Studies, will host its second annual series of programs, focused on the theme of regenerative design in urban areas.
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DBusiness


Culture Lab Detroit to Bring International Attention to City’s Creatives
April 4, 2014
The second annual Culture Lab Detroit — which aims to connect Detroit's artists, designers, technologists, and the larger design world — will focus on regenerative design in urban areas while increasing awareness of Detroit's creative community internationally and inspiring new projects within the city.
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The Art Blog
By Alyssa Greenberg
April 1, 2014
Theaster Gates has been invited to this year’s Culture Lab Detroit (April 24-26) along with David Adjaye, Fernando & Humberto Campana, and David Stark. They’ll be digging into the topic of regenerative design in urban areas through a variety of platforms including teaching community classes, open portfolio reviews, panel discussions, exhibitions, and a concert, along with two private salon dinners to introduce the international designers to influential members of the Detroit Community.
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The Henry Ford


The Detroit Conversation Continues
By The Henry Ford
April 16, 2014
Last year Culture Lab Detroit Founder Jane Schulak shared her passion for Detroit’s creative community, a crucial component to the city’s continued renaissance in the 21st century, here on our blog. Guests celebrated design talent from both here in Detroit to across the country during an evening of discussion and collaboration at the College for Creative Studies. It’s with much excitement that we’re happy to say Culture Lab Detroit is back again this spring, but this time with a weekend of activities to enjoy. From panel discussions to gallery exhibitions, this year’s Culture Lab Detroit offerings range from active interactions to quiet self-reflections.
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Design Finds a Future in Detroit
By Sasha Levine
April 17, 2014
"The car industry aside, Detroit is one of the historic hotbeds of design in America," says New York–based event producer and installation artist David Stark, in anticipation of Culture Lab Detroit (April 24-26), a program designed to inspire collaboration between leading international talent and their local counterparts. "We often don’t remember that Detroit was once one of the most affluent cities in America, but go there now—you feel how much important design history abounds."
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