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EXPLORING THE ROLE OF ARTISTS IN CREATING A MORE JUST AND SOCIAL PUBLIC
As a long-time activist and co-founder of the Boston-based Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), Lori Lobenstine discusses making meaning and creating change in the public sphere through the integration of social justice strategies with art, design thinking, and social practice. Offering several examples from DS4SI’s own work as well as other domestic and international examples, she describes the creation of an energetic, new, third space—one where activists and artists come together with a shared understanding of the powerful possibilities for creative social interventions that can shift “small-c culture” and create change at the scale of the public. The paper applies a theoretical framework to understand how artists’ use of “productive fictions,” “elegant gestures,” humor, and surprise can interrupt social norms, helping people imagine new solutions to complex social problems. In this integrated work, Lobenstine and DS4SI promote “small-d democracy,” in which people can exercise their interest in and ability to impact the parameters of daily life through art and design.



FILLING THE VOICE BETWEEN DEVELOPMENT AND ARTISTS 
This is the fourth installment of Enterprise's Creative Placemaking webinar series where they talk with practitioners who were able to bridge the gap between development and artists. In this webinar they discuss with practitioners in the field how they were able to bridge the connection between development and artists through identifying resources and making the case for including the work in the budget.



FOOT TRAFFIC AHEAD
Released by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis (CRUEA) at the George Washington University School of Business, Smart Growth America/LOCUS, Cushman & Wakefield, and Yardi Matrix, identified 761 regionally significant walkable urban places (i.e. WalkUPs) in the country’s 30 largest metros. While these WalkUPs occupy less than 1 percent of the land mass in those 30 metros, they punch far above their weight economically. To get a sense of their impact, and the level of walkable urbanism in each city, Foot Traffic Ahead examines the share of total retail, office, and multifamily housing space located in WalkUPs and then ranks the metros. 
 



GENTRIFICATION AND THE ARTISTIC DIVIDEND
This research aims to help planners to more effectively incorporate the arts into neighborhood planning efforts and anticipate the potential for different outcomes in their arts development strategies including gentrification-related displacement.



IMAGININGS: A DIY GUIDE TO ARTS-BASED COMMUNITY DIALOGUE
The DIY Imaginings Guide provides everything you need to know to host a vibrant, creative, equitable, and powerful community dialogue. From 2014-2016, the USDAC worked with three cohorts of volunteer Cultural Agents, each forming a learning community to support their local cultural organizing. Each Cultural Agent hosted a a public gathering using arts-based methods to envision their communities’ futures. Part performance, part facilitated dialogue these gatherings brought together groups of artists, organizers, and other community members to imagine what their neighborhoods might look. After supporting three rounds of gatherings they created this guide. 



INTEGRATING ARTISTS AND CITY PLANNING
By integrating best stormwater management practices and replicating those at other sites, the Fargo project has modified city governance structures to have a less intrusive style of land management, educated community on the benefits of the ecological restoration practices, and explored the role of the artist to carry the vision of transformation.