Chicago's embedded artist as double agent: An interview with Frances Whitehead

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With the concept of the “embedded artist,” Frances Whitehead developed urban design projects of varying scales, generating a series of linked civic initiatives that model a whole-systems, place-based approach. Artists were “embedded” in municipal workgroups to bring new perspectives to the daily work of the city, and artistic research and working methods were allowed to operate within and alongside the highly structured public planning processes. The chapter focuses on the cases of “Slow Cleanup” (Chicago, 2008–2012), the “606” (Chicago (2012–2016), “Diaspore” (Lima, Peru, 2009–2012), and Fruit Futures Initiative Gary (Gary, Indiana, since 2015).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulture and Sustainable Development in the City : Urban Spaces of Possibilities
EditorsSacha Kagan
Number of pages10
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Publication date05.08.2022
ISBN (print)9781032137001
ISBN (electronic)9781000627169
Publication statusPublished - 05.08.2022