PARLOR TALK: GARLIN GILCHRIST II
Mar
30
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK: GARLIN GILCHRIST II

  • Urban Consulate

How can technology make Detroit more inclusive in its future?

Join us in the parlor with Garlin Gilchrist II, Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology for the City of Detroit. Garlin loves three things: his family, Detroit, and solving problems using technology. That’s why, after a successful career as a software engineer at Microsoft, technology entrepreneur, and political organizer with MoveOn.org and the Obama campaign, he returned home to Detroit with his wife Ellen and then-ten-month-old twins Garlin III & Emily Grace to become the City of Detroit’s Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology. Since taking that role in 2014, Gilchrist has made city services easier to use, city information easier to access and understand, and city departments work better together. At work and in his neighborhood, Garlin works hard to make Detroit a city that works for everyone.

Our New Location: Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

FILM PREMIERE: CHANGE & THE CITY
Mar
31
5:00 pm17:00

FILM PREMIERE: CHANGE & THE CITY

  • Detroit Film Theatre

Join us at the 4th Annual Freep Film Festival for the debut of Change & The City, our documentary short series produced by the Urban Consulate, featuring perspectives from Detroit, Philadelphia & New Orleans.

The Freep Film Festival is presented by the Detroit Free Press.

Thanks to support from Knight Foundation.

CITIZEN JANE: FILM SCREENING
Apr
1
8:00 pm20:00

CITIZEN JANE: FILM SCREENING

  • Detroit Institute of Arts

Recommended Event: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

In 1960, Jane Jacobs’ book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist involved in many fights in mid-century New York to stop so-called master builder Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. Citizen Jane retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. The film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions – a voice who remains influential to this day, including in Detroit, where her strategies have been mined in recent years for some of the city's highest-profile redevelopment projects. Michigan premiere. (92 minutes)

PARLOR TALK: EZEKIAL HARRIS & ORLANDO BAILEY
Apr
6
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK: EZEKIAL HARRIS & ORLANDO BAILEY

  • Urban Consulate

Join us in the parlor for a conversation about community development with Ezekial Harris, Orlando Bailey & Chase Cantrell. Is it time to let new leaders have a seat at the table? And how do we provide equitable opportunities for engagement and influence without becoming exclusive or disparaging to other groups?

With special guests:

  • Ezekiel Harris, Executive Director for MACC Development, is among the youngest EDs in Detroit and a recently-recognized Knight Cities Champion Fellow. As MACC Development’sExecutive Director, Ezekiel leads both organizationally and in a personal capacity; leading the renovation of the 12,000 sq. ft. MACC Building, implementing the Mack Avenue Corridor Plan, tutors at MACC Lit, and coaches with MACC Sports. Ezekiel also serves on the Board of Directors for Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD), and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Lower East Action Plan (LEAP). He and his wife Ashly are proud residents of the 48214's Pingree Park community.
  • Orlando Bailey is the Manager of Business & Resident Development for the Eastside Community Network (ECN) formally the Warren/Conner Development Coalition on Detroit's Eastside. Orlando was also a part of the very first cohort of the Knight Emerging Leader Fellowship leading the Creating Our Destination Environment on Mack Avenue Project also known as C.O.D.E. Orlando is a native Detroiter who grew up just down the road from where he works. 

Our New Location: Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

 

CITY LOBBY: AMPLIFY PHILLY
Apr
12
5:00 pm17:00

CITY LOBBY: AMPLIFY PHILLY

  • Pipeline Philly

Following Philly's strong showing at SXSW, we're curious: What are other ways we can share the Philadelphia story across America and around the globe? Join us at Pipeline Philly for a conversation with Yuval Yarden of Philly Startup Leaders and Dave Silvers of REC Philly about their experience with Amplify Philly and future opportunities to take the show on the road.

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
PARLOR TALK: SALVADOR SALORT-PONS
Apr
12
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK: SALVADOR SALORT-PONS

  • Urban Consulate

Join us in the parlor with Salvador Salort-Pons, director, president & CEO of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Salort-Pons succeeded Graham W. J. Beal on October 2015, after serving in the DIA's curatorial division. He strongly believes the DIA is poised to move forward in engaging the museum’s local and regional communities as well as advancing its international profile, and is committed to making the DIA’s extraordinary art collection relevant to broad and diverse audiences. He envisions the DIA as a place for scholarly research, a leader in learning and interpretation, and the main square of the community where all will be welcomed, represented and united. A native of Madrid, he holds a master’s in geography and history (University of Madrid), a master’s in business administration (Cox School of Business, SMU) and a doctorate in the history of art (University of Bologna).

Our New Location: Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

PARLOR TALK: CYCLING IN DETROIT
Apr
19
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK: CYCLING IN DETROIT

  • Urban Consulate

Join us in the parlor for a conversation about cycling in the city. Is cycling for everyone? What are the barriers to entry? Does infrastructure matter? What is Detroit cycling culture? How do I participate? With special guests:

Please note our new location: 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

PARLOR TALK: CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Apr
26
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK: CULTURAL EXCHANGE

  • Urban Consulate

Join us in the parlor with visiting guests from the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators.

  • Lauren Kennedy is Executive Director of the Urban Art Commission, an independent organization committed to excellence in developing public art and urban design in Memphis and beyond. 
  • Steven McMahon is the Associate Artistic Director for Ballet Memphis, the region's largest professional ballet company, praised as a "national treasure" by the Ford Foundation.

Stay tuned for more info!

CITY LOBBY: PHILLY
May
10
5:00 pm17:00

CITY LOBBY: PHILLY

  • Pipeline Philly

Join us for City Lobby, our monthly parlor for urban exchange in Philadelphia. Stay tuned here for topic & guests!

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome

PARLOR TALK: CHRIS UHL
Mar
23
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK: CHRIS UHL

  • Urban Consulate

How does a private company invest holistically in a 21st century city?

Join us in the parlor for a conversation with Chris Uhl, Vice President of Community Investments for Rock Ventures. Chris is responsible for identifying strategic investment opportunities that will drive high impact outcomes for Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans and communities where they invest. Prior to joining Rock Ventures in April 2016, Uhl spent four years as Vice President of Social Innovation at The Skillman Foundation, launched and served as Executive Director of the Detroit Children’s Fund, served on the board of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and has also been involved in a number of community projects including Hatch Detroit, Kiva Detroit, Cody High School Champions Council and the Green Garage Business Greenhouse.

Our New Location: Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

 

TACTICAL URBANISM GUIDE
Mar
22
6:00 pm18:00

TACTICAL URBANISM GUIDE

  • Johnny Brenda's

The 'tactical urbanism' movement is growing up. The DIY public space entrepreneurs and fixer-uppers of prior years have wised up in so many ways, and on March 22nd, you'll have a chance to hear from some of the movement's national and local leading voices. Join Urban Consulate and 5th Square for an evening of fresh ideas and insights on designing, crowdfunding, maintaining, and building political support for citizen-driven public space design and activism.

RSVP here: https://urbanconsulate.ticketleap.com/tacticalurbanism/

Thanks to support from Knight Foundation.

PARLOR TALK: PRESERVING BLACK SPACE (PART 2)
Mar
15
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK: PRESERVING BLACK SPACE (PART 2)

  • Urban Consulate

How can Detroit preserve the cultural integrity of its Black neighborhoods? Join us in our new parlor with Lauren Hood of Live6 Alliance and Chase Cantrell of Building Community Value for Part Deux of this conversation sparked by Lauren's article for Model D.

Our New Location: Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

PARLOR TALK: KHALILAH BURT GASTON
Feb
23
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK: KHALILAH BURT GASTON

  • Urban Consulate

What if we truly believed children were this city's greatest asset?

Join us in the parlor with Khalilah Burt Gaston, program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she leads the execution of the foundation's early childhood development strategies in Detroit to increase health, educational and economic outcomes for the city's youngest children. A passionate advocate for inclusive cities, Burt Gaston has worked with a number of public, private and community-based organizations throughout Michigan. Her work has been featured in Next City, Dwell Magazine, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Chicago Public Radio, and the Harvard Family Research Project.

Limited seating. RSVP here.

PARLOR TALK: PRESERVING BLACK SPACE
Feb
21
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK: PRESERVING BLACK SPACE

  • Urban Consulate

How can Detroit preserve the cultural integrity of its Black neighborhoods? Why is this so important as the city changes & grows? Join us in the parlor with Lauren Hood of Live6 Alliance and Chase Cantrell of Building Community Value for a conversation about Lauren's recent op-ed in Model D.

PARLOR TALK: IMMIGRATION & THE CITY
Feb
16
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK: IMMIGRATION & THE CITY

  • Urban Consulate

Join us in the parlor for a conversation about ways Detroit is a Welcoming City to immigrants & refugees, and what you can do to help. With special guests:

  • Taylor Nelson of the Office of Immigrant Affairs at the City of Detroit, where she has been helping manage refugee housing efforts, finding homes and pairing immigrants with vital city services
  • TJ Rogers of Freedom House Detroit, a temporary home for survivors of persecution from around the world who are seeking asylum in the United States and Canada

Please consider making a donation to Freedom House online here

PRESS PARLOR - DETROIT
Feb
15
12:00 pm12:00

PRESS PARLOR - DETROIT

  • Urban Consulate

Join us in Detroit for our weekly co-working hours hosted by Model D editor Aaron Mondry. We welcome local & visiting writers, researchers, historians, scholars & journalists looking for a quiet place to work. Contact: aaron@modeldmedia.com

PARLOR TALK: WHAT WOULD JAMES BALDWIN DO?
Feb
9
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK: WHAT WOULD JAMES BALDWIN DO?

  • Urban Consulate

Join us in the parlor with Detroit artist Sabrina Nelson, who traveled to Paris last summer for the International James Baldwin Conference and has been studying & drawing him ever since.

Sabrina Nelson was born in the late 60's during the rebellion in Detroit. She is a painter by degree from the College for Creative Studies. Influenced by Yoruba Religion as well as Eastern and African Philosophy, her work is a combination of spirit, motion and intimacy. Sabrina has been a professional artist for over 36 years and an educator for nearly as long, as a studio art educator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, she lectures and performs artist demonstrations. Her work has been exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Museum of Contemporary Arts in Detroit, the African American Art in Culture Complex in San Francisco, Jakmel Gallery in Miami and Le’Belle Gallerie in New Orleans.

PRESS PARLOR - DETROIT
Feb
8
12:00 pm12:00

PRESS PARLOR - DETROIT

  • Urban Consulate

Join us in Detroit for our weekly co-working hours hosted by Model D editor Aaron Mondry. We welcome local & visiting writers, researchers, historians, scholars & journalists looking for a quiet place to work. Contact: aaron@modeldmedia.com

PARLOR TALK: BUILDING A JUST CITY
Feb
2
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK: BUILDING A JUST CITY

  • Urban Consulate

What do mass incarceration, criminal justice reform and prison abolition have to do with planning and economic development? Join us in the parlor for a conversation about the future of Detroit as a Restorative Justice City. With special guests:

To RSVP, click here.

PRESS PARLOR - DETROIT
Feb
1
12:00 pm12:00

PRESS PARLOR - DETROIT

  • Urban Consulate

Join us in Detroit for our weekly co-working hours hosted by Model D editor Aaron Mondry. We welcome local & visiting writers, researchers, historians, scholars & journalists looking for a quiet place to work. Contact: aaron@modeldmedia.com

PARLOR TALK - STORYOGRAPHERS
Jan
19
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK - STORYOGRAPHERS

  • Urban Consulate

Join us in the parlor with special guest Justin Williams of Storyographers, a Chicago-based media collective that translates story into stakeholding.

"We shape spaces where listening happens, and through a participatory media-making process involving craft and care, support the emergence of authentic narratives. We reframe oppressive narratives with grace (context) and beauty (craft) until each narrative is owned fully by its author and shared with stakeholders or communities of concern." 

  • Hosted by Claire Nelson
  • Free & open to the public
  • Locals & travelers welcome
STORYCORPS - DETROIT
Jan
18
Jan 19

STORYCORPS - DETROIT

  • Urban Consulate

StoryCorps is coming to Detroit! We're excited to host their mobile studio at the Consulate. Limited interview slots available. Contact urbanconsulate[at]gmail.com for info.

PARLOR TALK - BRADFORD FROST
Jan
17
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK - BRADFORD FROST

  • Urban Consulate

"Did I Gentrify Detroit?"

Join us in the parlor with Bradford Frost for an honest conversation about change & the city, through the lens of his personal experience.

Bradford Frost is Director of the Detroit Program at Capital Impact Partners, a national Community Development Financial Institution, where he leads inclusive growth strategies to increase density and secure healthy income diversity in Detroit's mixed-use neighborhoods. He took medical leave in 2016. A passionate city resident, Frost has worked with the United Way, Detroit Institute of Arts, and Declare Detroit, among other civic organizations. He is editor of the book "Reveal Your Detroit: An Intimate Look at a Great American City," and a published commentator in the New York Times, Detroit Free Press and Detroit News.

  • Hosted by Chase Cantrell & Claire Nelson
  • Open to the public
  • Locals & travelers welcome
DETROIT'S NEW FOOD REVIVAL
Jan
16
6:00 pm18:00

DETROIT'S NEW FOOD REVIVAL

  • Urban Consulate

Who's benefiting from Detroit's new food revival? Join us for a conversation about race, appropriation & gentrification. With special guests:

Full event description here.

Hosted by Chase Cantrell & Claire Nelson. Open to the public. Locals & travelers welcome.
 

URBAN EXCHANGE
Dec
15
6:00 pm18:00

URBAN EXCHANGE

  • Detroit Sip

The Consulate is popping up on Six Mile! Join us for a special cross-city exchange in Detroit with guests from Philadelphia & Chicago, including:

Presented by Urban Consulate, Live6 Detroit, Model D Media, Patrick Thompson Design, Detroit Sip, Axle Brewing Company, Detroit City Distillery. With thanks to Kresge Foundation & Knight Foundation.

CREATED EQUAL - PARLOR TALK
Dec
13
5:00 pm17:00

CREATED EQUAL - PARLOR TALK

  • Urban Consulate

Join us in the parlor with Stephen Henderson and Laura Weber-Davis of WDET to hear & discuss their new series Created Equal. The new original series explores modern-day inequality through a historical lens, fusing insights of the hosts and subject matter experts with storytelling to explore the origins and impacts of inequality.

PARLOR TALK - MITCH MCEWEN
Dec
8
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK - MITCH MCEWEN

  • Urban Consulate

"This is what we will build when we get our reparations."

Join us in the parlor with architectural designer Mitch McEwen, partner at A(n) Office and Principal of McEwen Studio. McEwen's design research focuses on the use of infrastructural analysis and digital processes in diverse urban situations. Before co-founding A(n) Office, she worked as an urban designer in the office of Bernard Tschumi architects and New York City's Department of City Planning. Her work has been published in Architectural Record and The New York Times, as well as exhibited at MOCAD, the US Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale and Storefront for Art & Architecture. Since 2014, she has been an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning at University of Michigan. McEwen holds an MArch from Columbia GSAPP and a BA from Harvard in Social Studies.

  • Hosted by Chase Cantrell
  • Free & open to the public
  • Locals & travelers welcome
PERSPECTIVES ON OTHERNESS
Dec
1
6:00 pm18:00

PERSPECTIVES ON OTHERNESS

  • Urban Consulate

Join us in the parlor for a conversation with the Muslim-Jewish Forum of Detroit and Peace Meal Kitchen to explore perspectives on otherness in America and how to empower voices that are not always heard. With special guests:

  • Lyth Alobiedat
  • Lolita Brayman
  • Mana Heshmati
  • Razi Jafri
  • Zoe Minikes

Hosted by Chase Cantrell. Free & open to the public. Locals & travelers welcome.

LEARNING FROM COPENHAGEN
Nov
21
4:30 pm16:30

LEARNING FROM COPENHAGEN

  • Pipeline Philly

In early October, Philadelphia officials traveled to Copenhagen with the Knight Foundation and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to learn about best practices in planning accessible, connected cities for all age groups. Join Mike DeBerardinis, Clarena Tolson, Sarah Clark Stuart, and Patrick Morgan for a conversation about what they saw, what they learned, and what their takeaways were for Philadelphia. 

  • Co-hosted by Urban Consulate, Bicycle Coalition and 5th Square
  • Light refreshments will be provided
  • RSVP here
CITY LOBBY - ELECTION & THE CITY
Nov
10
5:00 pm17:00

CITY LOBBY - ELECTION & THE CITY

  • Le Meridien Philadelphia

What does this election mean for cities? Join us for City Lobby, our monthly parlor for urban exchange in Philadelphia. This month we're convening right after the election to discuss its impact on cities. What does our next President need to know about the future of urban America? What should be on their agenda? What's the role of citizens & government in creating stronger cities? Special guests include:

  • Chris Satullo, Keystone Civic Ventures LLC
  • Jennifer Devor, Democratic Committee Person, 36th Ward
  • Nyron Crawford, Temple University
  • Jon Geeting, Philadelphia 3.0

Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins. Moderated conversation & cash bar. Locals & travelers welcome.

 

 

PARLOR TALK - RAQUEL CASTANEDA-LOPEZ
Nov
3
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK - RAQUEL CASTANEDA-LOPEZ

  • Urban Consulate

Join us in the parlor with Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López for District 6. Castañeda-López made history by becoming the first Latina elected to Detroit City Council in November 2013. A lifelong Detroiter who grew up in Southwest Detroit, she has also represented Detroit internationally, and is an alumna of the German Marshall Fund's Transatlantic Inclusion Leadership training program.

  • Hosted by Chase Cantrell
  • Free & open to the public
  • Locals & travelers welcome
IN THE LIFE - TRIBUTE & DIALOGUE
Nov
2
6:00 pm18:00

IN THE LIFE - TRIBUTE & DIALOGUE

  • Urban Consulate

Thirty years ago, Joseph Beam brought together 29 authors to explore what it means to be black & gay in modern America for "In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology." On the anniversary of this landmark publication, join LGBT Detroit, Equality Michigan, Affirmations and The Counter Narrative Project for an intergenerational tribute & dialogue.

PARLOR TALK - TAYLOR RENEE ALDRIDGE
Oct
27
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK - TAYLOR RENEE ALDRIDGE

  • Urban Consulate

Join us in the parlor with BLAC Magazine, Detroit's premier monthly for Black Life, Arts & Culture. This week we welcome special guest Taylor Renee Aldridge, the co-founding editor of ARTS.BLACK, an online platform for art criticism from Black perspectives. Taylor will share what she learned writing her new feature on the state of Detroit's Black art scene for the October issue of BLAC. 

PEACE MEAL DINNER
Oct
23
5:00 pm17:00

PEACE MEAL DINNER

  • Urban Consulate

Join us for a special dinner hosted by Peace Meal Kitchen, an experiment in gastrodiplomacy. For this dinner, Peace Meal founder Mana Heshmati will be taking a closer look at the politics of food in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with special guest speaker Aziz Abu Sarah

  • $45 for 5 courses (vegetarian & meat options available)
  • BYOB. Limited seating available.
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  • Click here to RSVP
PARLOR TALK - DAVID ALADE
Oct
13
6:00 pm18:00

PARLOR TALK - DAVID ALADE

  • Urban Consulate

Join us in the parlor with David Alade, managing partner of Century Partners, a holistic housing development company based in Detroit. David was born & raised in New York, graduating from Columbia University with a degree in Urban Studies & Economics, and working for six years in investment banking at Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse. In May 2015, David moved to Detroit to focus on community advocacy and real estate development. Read more about his work in Next CityEssence Magazine and Smithsonian Magazine.

  • Hosted by Chase Cantrell
  • Free & open to the public
  • Locals & travelers welcome

 

CITY LOBBY - PHILLY
Oct
6
5:00 pm17:00

CITY LOBBY - PHILLY

  • Le Meridien Philadelphia

Join us for City Lobby, our monthly parlor for urban exchange in Philadelphia. This month we welcome Philly innovators who are participating in PlaceLab's Ethical Redevelopment salon series in Chicago. We'll ask them to share what they're learning & how it applies to their local work in Philly. Special guests:

Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins. Open to the public, cash bar. Locals & travelers welcome! RSVP here.