We are planners, designers, educators, communications specialists, and stewards of place, driven by a common love of Detroit, and a desire to create more equitable, just, and vibrant places. Our small core team have deep, diverse backgrounds that overlap and are complementary to one another. We plan to build a strong community partnerships, a local volunteer core, community and youth advisory boards, and grow our staff from the communities in which we serve.
Urban [Re]generation Lab™ is a place-based community think-tank and innovation lab focused in civics, communication, and design to effect regenerative community change from the roots up.
EQUITY - we value policies and actions that create a more inclusive workplace that reflects our local community.
JUSTICE - we value fairness and truth for all people.
INCLUSION - we value those who have been historically excluded based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and economic status by bringing them to the table and valuing their voice.
BRIDGING - we value the relationships, ideas, insights and the deeper understanding that grow when edges come together.
EXPRESSION - we value sharing and voicing ideas and viewpoints with sincerity and integrity even when they may be difficult.
ADAPTABILITY - we value the ability to adjust, learn, and grow when we find ourselves in different or unfamiliar environments.
INNOVATION + EXPLORATION - we value innovative and design thinking, and creating a safe space for the exploration of ideas.
JOY - we value providing the space for people to laugh, to learn, to have fun, and to celebrate place.