Readers often tell us that they love our “Projects We Love” department, so we began this issue with the simple idea to add more pages and fill them almost entirely with inspiring works. A theme emerged early in our process; the editorial team was drawn to the work of artists and designers using their unique ability as creative visionaries, problem-solvers, and meaning-makers to create powerful and timely spaces. Over 103 pages devoted exclusively to 15 projects—whether in Alabama or Alaska, Brownsville or Boston, Buenos Aires or Madrid—you’ll discover how artists and designers created 15 public art and creative placemaking projects that connect us to our shared humanity.
Also moving are insights from community leaders Nia Umoja, who shares how a community is developing its own model for sustainability, and Joseph Claunch, who describes how artists led the development of a community park.
We hope you will be as inspired reading this issue as we were making it. Some headlines were edited for online. You’ll find the print headlines at the bottom of each post.
A Change of Heart How aware are planners that public art has evolved from the commissioning of objects and wall treatments into a sophisticated practice that addresses the challenges of practically every sector in our cities, our suburbs, and our rural communities? Jack Becker
Night Watch A silent film of people granted asylum in the United States | Shimon Attie, New York City Karen Olson
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