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How to Do Creative Placemaking

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This free ebook from the National Endowment for the Arts is an action-oriented guide for making places better. This book includes instructional and thought-provoking case studies and essays from today’s leading thinkers in creative placemaking. It describes the diverse ways that arts organizations and artists can play an essential role in the success of communities across America. Read free ebook... Read more

Placemaking: What If We Built Our Cities Around Places?

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Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, Placemaking is a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm to maximize shared value. Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution. Learn more about Placemaking and how it can help transform public spaces in... Read more

Rebuild Healthy Homes: Guide to Post-disaster Restoration for a Safe and Healthy Home

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) developed this guidebook with the sole purpose of providing essential information to homeowners as well as volunteers and workers who restore homes damaged by disasters. Based on the principle link between health and housing, proper post-disaster restoration is particularly important for families who have already experienced a potentially traumatic event. Poorly restored homes, due to lack of knowledge or pressure for a speedy rebuild, can create health hazards, and even make... Read more

Promoting Green Streets: A Recipe for Integrating Water and Transportation Infrastructure Investment

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To build understanding of the potential for Green Streets, River Network, in collaboration with Hawkins Partners, Inc. and Cumberland River Compact, developed this guide to support city administrators, planners, designers and environmental advocates in determining the potential – and developing strategies – for green streets in their cities and watersheds. The goal of this project is to provide a straightforward process for identifying the best locations for green street stormwater practices. Learn more... Read more

Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters

Damage along Main Street after deadly flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland (Credit: Barnard / WTTG)
This interactive, user-friendly guide tells utilities how to mitigate natural disasters and their impacts, including floods, earthquakes, droughts, wildfires, tornados and power outages. The guide also explains why mitigation is important, how to be included in your community’s local mitigation plan, how to identify potential mitigation projects for each type of disaster, and how to implement and fund proposed mitigation projects. Explore guidebook... Read more

Dick & Rick: A Visual Primer for Social Impact Design

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The Equity Collective, a group of practitioners in the community-engaged design field, created a tongue-in-cheek storybook that shines a light on how good community-engaged design practices can not only create good projects, but also advance social justice, and how poor practices are hurting not only the field, but the communities it claims to serve. Go to guidebook... Read more
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