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A Breath of Fresh Air

There is something to be said about the effect a child has on not only their loved ones but their community. How their lust for life and sparking creativity is contagious. I think it is safe to say that when … Continue reading

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People Watching

My roommate and I got our usual gelato and headed for the steps. It was Monday night and the air had a nip to it. As we approached the steps I noticed that it was very quiet, maybe because to … Continue reading

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People Watching and the Fountain – By Nicole Flohr

I completed the people watching activity a little after 6:00 pm on Friday October 4th. As many people leisurely do, I sat on the steps and watched the fountain and the people around it. Within the five minutes I was … Continue reading

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The shadow cigarette butts and cappuccino stirrers cast

After living in Perugia for about a month I find there are very few moments I have to myself. That is because it can be quite difficult to be as independent as I would be back at home. I think … 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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Participation and Action – By Nicole Flohr

Anirban Adhya explains Placemaking as a three-step process of confirmation, interrogation, and action framing. The first two steps are about dialogue and the last step is about decision-making. He compares the process to the query-analysis-application theory posited by other scholars. … Continue reading

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Party People!!

The readings were a discussion of Jane Jacobs’s perspectives on urban areas and placemaking by Anirban Adhya. Comments from Alan Berger were critical of her outside view, which was often seen as unprofessional, and also due to the fact that … Continue reading

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The Importance of People on the Street – By Nicole Flohr

In her book The Life and Death of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs outlines three necessary things to increase safety on streets: eyes on the street, a clear division of public and private space, and users on sidewalks fairly continuously. When … Continue reading

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Snoop About in San’ Angelo

Last week we explored in the Sant’ Angelo neighborhood. We looked at examples of shared community spaces in the area and found a collection of different types of gathering places. We looked at the Ex Lavatoi Pubblici, a small walled-in … 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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