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A Space for Dialogue 83

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March 2014

The Art of Public Placemaking

Julia McElhinney ’14, Class of 1954 Intern

Published by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College

2014, 2 pages

Placemaking is the process of making spaces meaningful to those who experience them. This can be done in small or large ways, by groups or by individuals. Take a moment to think of your favorite place. Maybe it is your childhood backyard, the coffee shop down the street, or a neighbor’s front porch. What makes this place meaningful to you? Perhaps it is the social interactions, fond memories, or simply that feel-good sensation you associate with this place. When people attach meaningful ideas and emotions to places, these places take on unique identities. They become a part of our lives and of us.

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