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Professor Ann Markusen - 'Creative Placemaking: Artists, Designers, and Arts Organizations as Shapers of Urban Space and Vitality'
Hosted by The Mackintosh School of Architecture - Glasgow Urban Lab, a GSA Research Centre

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Friday Event

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Glasgow Film Theatre

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29 Oct 2010
Friday,
11:00 - 13:00

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Professor Ann Markusen - 'Creative Placemaking: Artists, Designers, and Arts Organizations as Shapers of Urban Space and Vitality'

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Professor Ann Markusen
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Professor Ann Markusen has researched the livability and economic development outcomes of many American places at every scale: city, town and hamlet. In her discussion of 'Creative Placemaking' Professor Markusen will present research conducted over ten years and two continents, including a major White Paper, Creative Placemaking, to be published by National Endowment for the Arts in October 2010, that includes 15 new case studies of the marriage of art, design and economic development across the US. Her research concludes that partners from public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors can strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighbourhood, town, city or region around arts and cultural activities, resulting in vibrant and stabilised places: findings that are relevant to the architecture, urbanism, design and art communities alike.

Abstract from Professor Ann Markusen:

"In this talk, I begin with human rather than physical capital, with creators such as artists and designers, to make several points about their under-appreciated contributions to cities, places, and regional economies. Using Census data and qualitative methods, I explore the career trajectories of creative workers and underscore the place-based strategies, arts organizations, and dedicated spaces that nurture them.  From a scan done this year for the US National Endowment for the Arts, I explore the roles of artists and designers as initiators of and partners in revitalization, showcasing successful cases in large cities and tiny towns, documenting the challenges in building partnerships and assembling resources."

Professor Ann Markusen is currently UK Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Glasgow School of Art (Mackintosh School of Architecture - Glasgow Urban Lab) and Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, and Director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota. Professor Markusen's Fulbright position at the Urban Lab within the GSA will enable the development of her research to encompass comparative study and further development work in and around Glasgow.

This event was hosted by The Mackintosh School of Architecture - Glasgow Urban Lab, a GSA Research Centre.
Hosted by The School of Fine Art, The Friday Event Lecture Series is The Glasgow School of Art's flagship public lecture series, and brings major international speakers (including artists, architects, designers, historians and cultural theorists) to the city of Glasgow.