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A Starter Menu for Planner/Artist Collaborations

A Starter Menu for Planner/Artist Collaborations Interface 123 “Let’s go out and play” and the earth will be a better place for it. Our job is to work with the community and reclaim the public realm for fun and meeting your neighbours while watching over our youth as they play. A Starter Menu for Planner/Artist Collaborations STEVEN R. DANG Wendy Sarkissian’s inspiring story of creative community development in Eagleby, Australia demonstrates the power of artist/planner collaborations in helping commu- nities come together, reclaim, reinvent and heal. The importance of these cultural processes to planning seems difficult for many in a technically-driven profession to recognize. Here too, in Canada, community cultural development by planners remains on the fringes of practice. To neglect community cultural development could be dangerous. As psychologist Bruce Alexander argues in his analysis of addiction in Vancouver, the major precursor of psychological, social and political illness is cultural dislocation – disconnection from community and meaning (Alexander, 2001). It is our cultural values and practices, our ways of interacting with one another and with Nature, our sense of belonging and connectedness .. . that shape our ability for action and progress towards social, economic and environmental sustainability. While the planning profession may be reluctant http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Planning Theory & Practice Taylor & Francis

A Starter Menu for Planner/Artist Collaborations

Planning Theory & Practice , Volume 6 (1): 4 – Mar 1, 2005
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Taylor & Francis
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1470-000X
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1464-9357
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10.1080/1464935042000335029
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Interface 123 “Let’s go out and play” and the earth will be a better place for it. Our job is to work with the community and reclaim the public realm for fun and meeting your neighbours while watching over our youth as they play. A Starter Menu for Planner/Artist Collaborations STEVEN R. DANG Wendy Sarkissian’s inspiring story of creative community development in Eagleby, Australia demonstrates the power of artist/planner collaborations in helping commu- nities come together, reclaim, reinvent and heal. The importance of these cultural processes to planning seems difficult for many in a technically-driven profession to recognize. Here too, in Canada, community cultural development by planners remains on the fringes of practice. To neglect community cultural development could be dangerous. As psychologist Bruce Alexander argues in his analysis of addiction in Vancouver, the major precursor of psychological, social and political illness is cultural dislocation – disconnection from community and meaning (Alexander, 2001). It is our cultural values and practices, our ways of interacting with one another and with Nature, our sense of belonging and connectedness .. . that shape our ability for action and progress towards social, economic and environmental sustainability. While the planning profession may be reluctant

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Planning Theory & PracticeTaylor & Francis

Published: Mar 1, 2005

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