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What We See
Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs
Janine Benyus, Hillary Brown, Robert Cowan, David Crombie, Pierre Desrochers, Matias Sendoa Echanove, Nan Ellin, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Hon AIA, MD, Jan Gehl, Arlene Goldbard, Roberta Brandes Gratz, Ken Greenberg, Nabeel Hamdi, Chester Hartman, Sanford Ikeda, Allan Jacobs, Daniel Kemmis, Samuli Leppälä, Jamie Lerner, Elizabeth Macdonald, Clare Cooper Marcus, Richard Register, Mary Rowe, Janette Sadik-Khan, Saskia Sassen, Ronald Shiffman, FAICP, Honorary AIA, Robert Sirman, Michael Sorkin, Rahul Srivastava, James Stockard, Ray Suarez, Deanne Taylor, Alexie Torres-Flemming, Susan Witt, Peter Zlonicky
An enlivening discussion of critical issues affecting our cities and economies, What We See revises the insights of urbanist-activist Jane Jacobs through the fresh observations of leading contemporary thinkers in many fields.

Suzanne Mantell - Publisher's Weekly

The idea for What We See originated with the Jacobs-oriented Center for the Living City as a celebration honoring Jacobs, but the book took on a different form under Elizabeth's guidance. "I thought Jane would not have wanted a book about her," Elizabeth says, noting that two histories centering on her and a biography have recently been published. “Instead, we invited people from diverse fields to write their own ideas about how things work and describe the systems they see... cont'd



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Building Commons and Community
Karl Linn
Building Commons and Community documents 45 years of the late Karl Linn's legacy creating neighborhood spaces for communities and by communities. In this richly-illustrated landscape-format hardcover book, Linn presents his philosophies and practical wisd

Leszek Apouchtine - re:place Magazine

Karl Linn documents an extraordinary career in Building Commons and Community. Although the book feels complete, it is unfortunately not as extensive as Linn originally envisioned as his unfortunate passing meant he did not finish all the chapters he had planned.

Regardless of this, there is a lot of inspiring work that is detailed in his writing and in the hundreds of photos that are found throughout the book. Each chapter typically deals with one project of building a commons –... cont'd



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Works of Heart
Building Village through the Arts
Citizen artists revitalize place, celebrate culture and inspire social change in this book of beautiful community-based arts projects. Nine communities from the United States and Canada show the genius, passion and practicality of their creativity.

Elsie Wood - Chidren, Youth and Environment

Building vibrant communities is high on social and civic agendas. Models of programs and projects are increasingly becoming recognized through literature, media and internet. A leading voice is New Village Press, a publishing house dedicated to producing books dealing with community building, community development, and community-based art. Lynne Elizabeth is current director of the press and one of the editors of Works of Heart. In the preface she praises the late Jane Jacobs for... cont'd



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Crossroads Comics #1
Keith Knight, Mat Schwarzman
This educational comic of graphic true stories is derived from the Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts by award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight and progressive youth educator Mat Schwarzman. Depicts two inspiring artists who heal social problems.



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Performing Communities
Grassroots Ensemble Theaters Deeply Rooted in Eight U.S. Communities
Ann Kilkelly, Robert H. Leonard
Ensemble theater is one of the most vibrant, meaningful American performance forms today. It's more than art — it's a social movement.



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History as Catalyst for Civic Dialogue
Case Studies from Animating Democracy
Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Pam Korza
This book examines three projects that mined hidden, forgotten, or suppressed histories of slavery and lynching in the United States in order to stimulate meaningful dialogue about persistent issues of race and marginalization.


For more information, please visit Americans for the Arts or Animating Democracy.



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Dialogue in Artistic Practice
Case Studies from Animating Democracy
Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Pam Korza
This book explores the work of three exemplary artist companies. Case studies examine the Animating Democracy projects implemented by these companies, as well as their long traditions of community engagement, to highlight how dialogue is inherent to art.


For more information, please visit Americans for the Arts or Animating Democracy.



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Cultural Perspectives in Civic Dialogue
Case Studies from Animating Democracy
Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Pam Korza
This book shares the efforts of cultural organizers who are skilled in working deeply within and across cultures to understand important cultural considerations in arts-based civic dialogue work.


For more information, please visit Americans for the Arts or Animating Democracy.



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Critical Perspectives
Writings on Art and Civic Dialogue
Caron Atlas, Pam Korza
Critical Perspectives is a collection of essays that explore art, civic dialogue, and reflective critical writing. The essays focus on three compelling projects that employed the unique capacities of theater, visual art, and historic preservation.


For more information, please visit Americans for the Arts or Animating Democracy.



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Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture
Findings from Animating Democracy
Pam Korza, Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Andrea Assaf
Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture explores the power of the arts and humanities to foster civic engagement and demonstrates how arts and humanities organizations can be vital civic and cultural institutions.


For more information, please visit Americans for the Arts or Animating Democracy.



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