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Urban design

RUDI: Placemaking 2008, cover image (detail)

Placemaking (2008)

A synthesis of professional practice and case studies about better living environments. A review of the key issues and challenges placemaking professionals face at the beginning of 2008, with project examples showing how these have been innovatively approached.

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Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism (2008) The Arts in Urban Renaissance (2003) Highrise - Common Ground. Art and the Amsterdam Zuidas Area (2008) More urban design


The Angel of the North, Gateshead, by Antony Gormley, 1998

Public Art Since 1950 (2006)

This beautifully illustrated book by Lynn F. Pearson reveals the history of postwar public art and provides a detailed guide to nearly two hundred of the most interesting and accessible works in United Kingdom

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Space Invaders - Issues of Presentation, Context and Meaning in Contemporary Art (1993) The Uses of Decoration: Essays in the Architectural Everyday (2000) Art in the Public Interest (1993) More critiques

Practical guides

Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor, Millennium Park, Chicago. Photo: Justin Lightly/Photographer's Choice RF.

The Artist's Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions (2008)

Learn exactly how to build a career in the world of public art. Artists at every career level will discover tips for the best ways to find, apply for, and win public art commissions.

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Making Ways: The Visual Artists Guide to Surviving and Thriving (3rd Edition: 1992) Changing Places: Children's Participation in Environmental Planning (1998) Going Public: A Field Guide to Developments in Art in Public Places (1988) More practical guides

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