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Art of Placemaking Interpreting Community Through Public Art and Urban Design

ISBN-10: 185894371X
ISBN-13: 9781858943718
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Merrell Publishers Limited
Publication date: 4/1/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 4.092
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments
The Townscape Institute
The art of placemaking: an introduction
Case studies
Gateways: creating a sense of arrival
Transit facilities: providing orientation for travelers
Murals: part of a town-enhancement strategy
Integrating placemaking into architecture
Placemaker as turf definer
Sculpture as place setting
Interpreting place: from marker to memory trail
Placemaking interpreted: revisiting the past, revealing future choice
The character of street furniture
An armature for placemaking
Street furniture: a compendium of projects
Benches
Streetlights
Hatch covers and pavements
Gates and fences
Wall decoration
Sculptural elements
Public-art planning: what we have learned from the past
Planning for placemaking
Annotated guide to public-art plans
Failure and the potential for redemption
Curatorial truth and contextual consequences: the evolution of federally funded public art at the GSA and NEA
The artist's perspective: working in the field of public art
Dimitri Gerakaris, artist-metalsmith, New Canaan, New Hampshire
Gregg LeFevre, bronze sculptor, New York
Andrew Leicester, environmental art, Minneapolis
William P. Reimann, stone etchings and sculpture, Cambridge, Massachusetts
T. Ellen Sollod, environmental art, Seattle
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