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Public Art

June 8, 2020, 12pm PDT
Christo's site-specific artworks were known for their whimsy and playfulness. But the real beauty of his art lay in his ability to navigate local bureaucracies—and reveal how ridiculous they can be.
California Planning & Development Report
April 29, 2020, 9am PDT
In the 1960s-70s, a group of artists called the Compton Communicative Arts Academy renovated buildings across Compton and transformed vernacular, underutilized structures into venues for and objects of art.
KCET Artbound
January 30, 2020, 10am PST
In every phase of transit development, arts and culture strategies can be employed to inform and enhance the process. Here are examples from three different transit projects around the country.
Shelterforce Magazine
December 9, 2019, 8am PST
A neighborhood in New Orleans, badly damaged after Hurricane Katrina, is providing a test bed for an innovative new approach to urban planning.
Next City
August 10, 2019, 5am PDT
People in six global cities will have a chance to sample an ambitious new augmented reality program launched by Apple today.
The Architect's Newspaper
July 23, 2019, 2pm PDT
Colorful, engaging crosswalks aren’t the norm, but they’re popping up around the country. And while they aren’t in line with federal guidelines, they have transformed streets and intersections.
NPR
April 14, 2019, 9am PDT
A program in New York brings artists into public agencies to work on collaborative projects that take creative approaches to problem solving.
The New York Times
February 22, 2019, 9am PST
The Boston area's Metropolitan Area Planning Council has an Artist-in-Residence Program that brings arts to the table as an integral component of the planning process.
Barr Foundation
October 13, 2018, 7am PDT
Scaffolding and sidewalk sheds being a fixture of life in NYC, the city has decided to let artists do their thing with all that blank canvas.
ArtNet News
February 23, 2018, 10am PST
A landmark judgement potentially paves the way for graffiti to be protected under the Visual Artists Rights Act.
Modern Cities
January 3, 2018, 7am PST
Cities have become obsessed with going viral.
CityLab
November 16, 2017, 2pm PST
"You could be forgiven for reading the art as a message to less-than-opulent New Yorkers: You’ve lost your place," writes Michael Friedman.
CityLab
September 1, 2017, 5am PDT
The "Inside Out Project: We Are Edison" installation posted large portraits of residents in the Kalamazoo neighborhood of Edison on the side of a building. The exhibition invites the community to take a look at itself.
MLive
August 21, 2017, 9am PDT
There will be important functions in public space that are not always “art” whose value is not in proportion to their prettiness.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
August 19, 2017, 9am PDT
Baltimore tore down its Confederate monuments, now they have an opportunity to showcase the city's artists.
CityLab
May 24, 2017, 10am PDT
Planning and art don't traditionally mix, but that's changing. Embedded at NYC's Department of Design and Construction, artist Mary Miss envisions public art as an infrastructural aid.
Next City
May 12, 2017, 9am PDT
The city of San Jose and designers from the University of California, Davis have completed a community-led design process to raise awareness about the connections between the kitchen, sewers, and the environment.
The Confluence
April 27, 2017, 5am PDT
An art instillation of colorful LED lights hanging under the L on Wabash looks to grow.
Curbed
February 24, 2017, 6am PST
"All aboard to funkytown," writes Chloe Booker, transporting readers to a time and a place where the trains had soul and the bells had bottoms.
The Sydney Morning Herald
January 31, 2017, 11am PST
Simply inviting residents to participate in design charrettes or a community planning process does not mitigate the significant loss they feel as they witness the physical destruction of their homes and lived history.
Shelterforce/Rooflines