Culture Lab Detroit

A forum for design invigoration within a city alive with creative thinking

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. One of America’s best MFA curriculums, Cranbrook, exists just a few miles north of downtown and inspires people with vibrant passions …

Interview: My Brightest Diamond

A discussion with musician Shara Worden at Culture Lab Detroit's "In Cahoots" performance

Long before attending the filming of My Brightest Diamond‘s La Blogotheque video for “Whoever You Are” at this year’s Sundance, we were impressed by her lush vocals, theatricality and mystic lyricism. Detroit-based Shara Worden (the musician behind the moniker) seamlessly integrates influences and inspirations into genre-defying music. At times, rock gives way to the thoughtful inflections of folk, but all the while there’s an experimental …

Burnside Farm, Detroit

An urban garden, arts center and communal dining establishment in Detroit

If you’re curious to see what a $600 property investment looks like in Detroit, Burnside Farm stands as an exemplary case—a true reflection of the depths of creativity and community amid the sprawling city. This eight-lot urban farm, in Detroit’s Banglatown neighborhood (located just north of Hamtramck) is comprised of six lots for sustenance and community gardening, one for a farmhouse/home/art studio and the last …