The Art of Placemaking: Interpreting Community Through Public Art and Urban Design

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Merrell, 2007 - Art, Municipal - 383 pages
This expertly researched book makes a radical case for accessible public art that fosters a powerful civic experience of connection to place. The author advocates narrative, site-specific public art that engages the popular imagination through common references to history, folklore, culture and geography, and demonstrates how the integration of approachable art with local landscape, architecture and urban design can facilitate identification with locale. Dozens of case studies of spectacular and innovative works throughout the United States are accompanied by practical information, cost and policy analysis, artist interviews, examples of failures and major controversies, and strategies for the future, making this book an essential reference for anyone involved with transforming and improving our public spaces.

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Acknowledgments The Townscape Institute
The character of street furniture
An armature for placemaking

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About the author (2007)

Ronald Lee Fleming, AICP, is an award-winning, widely published expert on urban design, public art, historic preservation and environmental education.

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