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New Research on the benefits of inclusive, creative placemaking in Springfield, Massachusetts

Focusing on participatory murals produced by “Fresh Paint Springfield”, a new paper by UMass alumna Lara Sucupira Furtado and Jessica Morgan Payne shows how community engaged public art installations can support local placemaking.

See complete article here: Inclusive Creative Placemaking Through Participatory Mural Design in Springfield (MA)


Community Urbanism in Springfield

Covid-19 and Cities

The Design Center is engaged in exciting research related to Covid-19 and the challenges and opportunites it provides for the design of sustainable cities. The work, funded by UMass Extension and in collaboration with MassINC and WalkBoston, documents changes that cities and towns are making to adapt to the pandemic. Our findings describe how post-pandemic cities and streetscapes can be healthier, more equitable and sustainable.
See a collection of current research here. https://scholarworks.umass.edu/COVID_19_impact_on_cities/

Visit our "Make-It Springfield" community makerspace

Make-It Springfield, the UMass Extension-supported community makerspace is located at 168 Worthington Street in downtown Springfield. For programming and latest information: www.makeitspringfield.org/