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Creative Placemaking

The places we know have stories to tell. Those stories can be powerful assets in rebuilding a place after its economic base disappears. Among such places is Pittsfield, a town of almost 45,000 in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts that for decades was home to General Electric. Today...
Deep in the Flint Hills of Kansas, the vast tallgrass prairie looks much like it did thousands of years ago. The rolling hills still stretch uninterrupted, their slender grasses rippling in the breeze. The night sky still burns bright with stars, untouched by light pollution. And every spring, the...
When a friend visiting from Philadelphia compared Whitesburg, Kentucky, to Stars Hollow, all she got from us was a blank stare. Turns out Stars Hollow is the setting of Gilmore Girls : a small idyllic town, rural and intimate, yet diverse and open-minded. When our friend arrived in Whitesburg—a...
It sounds simple enough. An arts organization or a community based-organization (a nonprofit that works locally to improve life for residents) is interested in doing a project that uses the arts to help advance a social issue. It could be centered on a placemaking effort in a neighborhood or...
By the People: Designing a Better America is a call to action to create more inclusive, equitable, healthy, and just places—to design an ecosystem of opportunity for all people across the country. By the People is the third exhibition in Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s socially...
A spotlight on Erie Arts and Culture's NEA-supported Art and Industry Project.
We talk with arts leader Milton Rhodes about Winston-Salem, North Carolina's emerging role as a hub for arts and innovation.
Explore Community Engaged Design with interviews and other resources from our May co-convening with the Surdna Foundation.
I don't typically call myself a community engaged designer although my practice, Urban Planning for the American City, seeks to resolve the conditions of urban injustice and set a broad and inclusive table for engagement and action. However, these same objectives are most commonly associated with...
The 15th International Architecture Biennale opens up in Venice, May 28. Learn about the event and a new exhibition presenting architectural projects for Detroit.

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