Throughout history and around the world, community members have come together to build places, be it settlers constructing log cabins in nineteenth-century Canada, an artist group creating a waterfront gathering place along the Danube in Budapest, or residents helping revive small-town main streets in the United States. What all these projects have in common is that they involve local volunteers in the construction of public and community places; they are community-built.
Although much attention has been given to specific community-built movements such as public murals and community gardens, little has been given to defining community-built as a whole. This volume provides a preliminary description of community-built practices with examples from the disciplines of urban design, historic preservation, and community art.
Taken as a whole, these community-built projects illustrate how the process of local involvement in adapting, building, and preserving a built environment can strengthen communities and create places that are intimately tied to local needs, culture, and community. The lessons learned from this volume can provide community planners, grassroots facilitators, and participants with an understanding of what can lead to successful community-built art, construction, preservation, and placemaking.
by Barry L. Stiefel, Kristin Faurest, and Katherine Melcher
Part I: Participation and Empowerment
by Katherine Melcher
by Kristin Faurest
by Terry L. Clements and C.L. Bohannon
by Tiva Lasiter
Part II: Culture and Identity
by Barry L. Stiefel
by Mariana Esponda Cascajares
by Anastasia L. Pratt
by Ildikó Réka Báthory-Nagy
Part III: Local Control of Place
by Daniela Patti and Levente Polyak
by Jeremy C. Wells
by Katherine Melcher
by Kristin Faurest, Barry L. Stiefel, and Katherine Melcher
List of Contributors
This series serves community developers, planners, public administrators and others involved in practice and policy making in the realm of community development. Building on a 40 year history of publishing the journal, Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, the book series seeks to contribute to the growing and rapidly changing knowledge base as a resource for practitioners and researchers alike.
To find out more about the Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society please visit: www.tandfonline.com/rcod.
For more information about the Community Development Society please visit: http://www.comm-dev.org/publications/research-a-practice-series
Rhonda G. Phillips
Purdue University, USA
Pennsylvania State University, USA
Iowa State University, USA
Gary P. Green
University of Wisconsin, USA
National University of Ireland
Northern Illinois University, USA