Emmanuel Pratt Is Using “Urban Acupuncture” to Reclaim Neglected Chicago Neighborhoods

Emmanuel Pratt Is Using “Urban Acupuncture” to Reclaim Neglected Chicago Neighborhoods

By Duncan Nielsen / Photos by Sam Kerr
The MacArthur fellow and cofounder of the Sweet Water Foundation speaks about “regenerative design” and reclaiming the community.

Emmanuel Pratt doesn’t have a master plan. In fact, the Chicago-based designer, artist, and urban planner says his work is in strident opposition to a top-down approach to city development. Instead, he believes in "urban acupuncture," a theory that small-scale, local interventions, realized in conjunction with the people who live in the targeted area, can have positive effects that resonate throughout a city and beyond.

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