Theaster Gates, David Adjaye, and The Campanas to Talk Urban Regeneration in Detroit

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.

The Detroit Institute of Arts, whose collection faces uncertainty as the city struggles with bankruptcy

“Something special is taking hold in Detroit, and I believe it can grow even stronger if we continue to foster it,” Lab Detroit founder and creative director Jane Schulak explained in the press release. “Theaster Gates, David Adjaye, Fernando and Humberto Campana, and David Stark are among the most influential and talented practitioners in their fields. They are all socially conscious artists with enormous respect for Detroit and its residents – each of them wants to be a part of what comes next in our city,” not to mention the diversity of their perspectives as they hail from very different parts of the world.

The Culture Lab, which bills itself as “a catalyst for conversations and collaborations between Detroit’s artists, designers, technologists, and the larger design world,” launched in 2013 to spur dialogues between established creatives and their Detroit peers. The announced programming thus suggests the possibility of some exciting projects coming down the pipeline. For news on forthcoming stuffed animal installations or Elektra Houses coming to Motor City, stay tuned.

Culture Lab Detroit takes place April 24 through 26. [New York Times]

—Janelle Zara (@janellezara)

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