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Connecting the dots: Essay 1

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1000-plus word essay and brief (solo) class presentation — powerpoint, presi, keynote, etc. — with images, (optional) video, and other media of your choice.

Connecting the Dots and Trying Something: Using class readings, discussions and outside research, you will dig deeper into work happening in placemaking, tactical urbanism and socially engaged art on a national or international level that you find especially interesting and write an essay about that work — linking it, however possible in the discussion, to your project work and thinking so far in class.

For this essay, you will frame the writing with you views addressing this in the context of at least one of the three questions we developed as a class on Oct. 24.

These are (paraphrased and added to a bit by me):

1.How can we help communities develop into better places (safer, less vacant, better quality of life, better connected physically and socially, etc.) without displacing people who are already there? Why is this important to consider? What are others doing about this as examples? What can we learn from this?
2. How do we find out what people want —what they think will make them feel happier and make communities better — and make sure our work is connected to those desires? Why is this important? What are others doing about this as examples? What can we learn from this?
3. What kinds of things do individuals want that can also translate into improved community-wide happiness? How do we help communities find these shared interests? And how can we measure success — like community happiness? What are others doing about this as examples? What can we learn from this?

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