Author Archives: Casey Murano

Perfect Parks

Throughout this semester, I’ve been thinking about an article I read in my human geography class last year called Between places and flows: towards a new agenda for neighbourhood research in an age of mobility (Van Kempfen & Wissink) that … Continue reading

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Overcoming Language Barriers

Language barriers are not as ominous as I previously thought. At least that’s what I realized from the people-watching exercise. For five minutes at 6 pm on a cool, partly-cloudy Friday, I sat on the stair of the cathedral and … Continue reading

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Contemplating Cigarettes

Usually I don’t appreciate smoking, but I have to contribute my placemaking insights to the cigarette butts of Sant’Angelo park. While picking up the squashed, burnt paper wrappings, my mind wandered. I thought about how the presence of cigarettes meant … Continue reading

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Creative Placemaking in Art Practice

What do Jane Jacobs and I have in common? I think it’s the ecological perspective that strives to actively observe and understand relationships between people, places, and nature. We both emphasize a creative approach grounded in place and community. As … Continue reading

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Walking Observations: Kids and Coop Catalogs

When walking through my college campus, running at the track near my house, or shopping at the local grocery store, I get excited when I see people I know. These chance encounters help me remember that I am part of … Continue reading

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