media inquiries: 


7/20/17 WDET "Detroit Today" Theaster Gates and Salon Member James Feagin discuss "What does Ethical Redevelopment of Detroit neighborhoods look like?" with host Stephen Henderson.

4/17/17 Reimagining Civic Commons Blog "Collaboration as constellation of knowledge" Nootan Bharani, Place Lab's Lead Design Manager, considers the challenge of working collaboratively and how it can chart untraditional paths toward common goals. 

3/28/17 BBC Future "12 questions we need to prioritise on 2017" Nootan Bharani, Place Lab's Lead Design Manager, contributes her thoughts.

3/17/17 Reimagining the Civic Commons Blog  "Making Moments" Isis Ferguson, Place Lab's Associate Director of City and Community Strategy, describes a trip to Garfield Park Industrial Arts, one of three assets the Chicago Arts + Industry conveners are in the early stages of reimagining. 

3/15/17 NewCity "Investing in People, Investing in Place" Coverage of Salon Session 6: Place Over Time, part of the year-long series on Ethical Redevelopment.

2/24/17 Reimagining the Civic Commons Blog  "And then? Sustainability Through Arts + Culture" Theaster Gates talks about the power of arts and culture to sustain transformed spaces.

1/30/17 NewCity "To Be Determined" Coverage of Salon Session 4: The Indeterminate, part of the year-long series on Ethical Redevelopment. 

12/27/16 NewCity "Pedagogical Moments"Coverage of Salon Session 3: Pedagogical Moments, part of the year-long series on Ethical Redevelopment. 

12/20/16 Impact Design Hub "Introducing Impact Design Hub's 40 Under 40" Lori Berko, Place Lab's Chief Operations Officer, is recognized as one of the brightest young minds at work designing for social good. 

11/9/16 NewCity "Creating Community and Art" Coverage of Salon Session 2: Engaged Participation, part of the year-long series on Ethical Redevelopment. 

9/9/17 City Lab "Building up Chicago's South Side Through Ambitious Art" Place Lab's Lori Berko and Isis Ferguson contribute to an in-depth look at the work in-progress in the ecosystem that Theaster Gates has cultivated.

9/9/16 NewCity "A Shared City Language" Coverage of Salon Session 1: Repurpose + Re-propose, part of the year-long series on Ethical Redevelopment. 

9/8/16 Press release National Initiative To “Reimagine the Civic Commons” Selects Chicago for $5 Million Grant

8/17/16 Urban Innovation Exchange declares Place Lab's Isis Ferguson "Innovator of the Week"

7/28/16 Press release The University of Chicago’s Place Lab Begins Yearlong Ethical Redevelopment Salon,
Furthering 9 Principles Through Interdisciplinary Discussion

7/20/16 South Side Weekly "The Right to Beauty" recounts the Public Convening on Ethical Redevelopment, and explores this approach for conscientious urban development practices

7/18/16 Fast Company Isis Ferguson, Place Lab's Associate Director of City and Community Strategy, is a featured contributor to FastCo article, How Urban Design Perpetuates Racial Inequality—And What We Can Do About It

7/13/16 NWI Times Public art to illuminate downtown Gary

7/8/16 Press release ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen Announces Ripple + Wilson to Design Gary’s Downtown Cultural Hub

6/17/16 NewCity "Speak, City" Place Lab kicks off a year-long series on Ethical Redevelopment

6/15/16 Guernica Magazine "Beautiful Objects, Blighted Spaces" is an interview between Heather Radke of Guernica and Place Lab team members Lori Berko, Isis Ferguson, and Nootan Barani. The team talks with Radke about rebuilding neighborhoods, gentrification, and the “magic” of Theaster Gates.

6/6/16 Press release Place Lab, with support from the Knight Foundation, introduces Ethical Redevelopment to
Chicago Communities, Making the Case for Mindful CityBuilding 

4/26/16 PBS News Hour Highlights the work Theaster Gates and his team are doing on Chicago's South Side.

4/4/16 Press release ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen, a partnership project between The City of Gary, UChicago's Place Lab and the Harris School, announces six finalists for ArtHouse public art commissions

3/10/16 Common Edge "The Principles of Ethical Redevelopment" article for Common Edge Collaborative, written by Place Lab Program Manager, Isis Ferguson 

2/1/16 UChicagoNews Place Lab is at the center of a new partnership between Arts + Public Life and the Harris School of Public Policy 

12/15/16 Chicago Tribune "How to be a good neighbor with Theaster Gates"

9/21/15 Next City On ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen and the City of Gary and Place Lab's efforts to placemake in a place that already exists

8/18/15 UChicagoNews On ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen, highlighting unconventional and collaborative redevelopment

7/10/15 Chicago Tribune follow-up article on building for ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen

6/22/15 Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge Winner The City of Gary, in partnership with UChicago's Place Lab and Harris School Daley Fellowship, and Rebuild Foundation, is awarded funds for ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen, one of four cities for the inaugural program. Also in The Washington PostChicago TribuneARTnewsArtforum, and Huffington Post.

3/31/15 Knight Cities Challenge Winner In partnership with Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and UChicago's Harris School Daley Fellowship, proposed project Arthouse: A Social Kitchen is one of 32 winners. Also in Chicago TribuneForbes, and City Lab

3/10/15 Next City's 2015 Vanguard members announced and include Research Analyst, Design Strategist Paola Aguirre.

3/5/15 Bloomberg Philanthropies In partnership with Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and UChicago Harris School, Place Lab is one of 12 finalists for their Public Art Challenge.

2/9/15 WGN-TV News Gary, IN at a turning point with young business owners; Place Lab involved.

1/12/15 Knight Blog + Place Lab is one of 126 finalists for Knight Cities Challenge grant with a proposal to develop a cultural district in Gary, IN.

12/22/14 The Chicago Architecture Blog Interview with Nootan Bharani about her award and work with Place Lab

12/1/14 DNAinfo About the GROWING PAINS series of conversations on public housing, art, and schools

11/13/14 AIA Chicago Lead Design Manager Nootan Bharani recognized as AIA Chicago’s Dubin Family Young Architect of the Year

11/4/14 WBEZ's Morning Shift PLAT | FORMS exhibition and Place Lab discussion

11/3/14 South Side Weekly PLAT | FORMS exhibition review

8/13/14 Knight Foundation Blog Knight Cities audio interview with Theaster Gates

5/8/14 Knight Foundation Press Release Grant announcement, covered by DNAinfo 

3/6/14 The Colbert Report Interview with Theaster Gates

1/20/14 The New Yorker Article about Theaster Gates and his projects