Creative Placemaking

Faced with the closure of the crosstown L Train for repairs in 2019, NYC planners ran a competition Sunday for creative solutions to moving commuters during the shutdown. The Van Allen Institute took the prize, but the press can't stop talking about AECOM's "giant inflatable condom" solution.

Artist Rick Lowe of Houston, TX was among the recently announced 2014 MacArthur Fellows (commonly known as the "Genius" grant). Rick calls his work "social sculpture", and is best known for a creative placemaking project in Houston called Project Row Houses which transformed a rundown cluster of rowhouses into a unique combination of studios, classrooms, community center and housing.