Livability and Creativity: Civic Innovations at the Intersection of Arts, Culture, and Planning
Abstract: Arts, and culture is an essential element of what makes our places and communities healthy, connected and vibrant. Its fields of practice are well represented in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors and are driving change in various disciplines of planning, including community development, economic development, public health, open space, and transportation. Yet, it has not received... read moreits due attention as a core competency and practice area of urban planning within academic and professional spheres. This thesis positions arts and culture as an essential area of practice for urban planners. Using findings from a literature review of innovations at the intersection of arts, culture, and planning and case studies I compiled during my professional work on an Arts and Planning Toolkit, I document and evaluate the sector's effectiveness in solving complex social, economic, and environmental problems and consider its integral role as a partner in the advancement of smart growth and livability. Through an analysis of academic literature and professional reports, I offer a new framework that provides strategic direction to public sector entities and planners on the steps they can take to both embrace creativity as an asset in planning practice and create the policy and planning conditions that will allow arts and culture to thrive.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2016.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Barbara Parmenter.
Committee: Jonathan Witten.
Keywords: Urban planning, Cultural resources management, and Public policy.read less