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What Rick Lowe's MacArthur Grant win means for art and social practice
What Rick Lowe's MacArthur Grant win means for art and social practice

In 1993, artist Rick Lowe took over nearly two dozen derelict shotgun houses in Houston's Third Ward and, over the course of 20 years, turned them into a thriving cultural center that offers exhibitions, artist residencies and even a program for single moms. Project Row Houses has since become an important symbol of considered urban renewal -- of the way a neighborhood can be transformed for the better without obliterating its roots. For this work, Lowe received a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant this week. This is an interesting development for a variety of reasons. For one, there's the fact that Lowe is an artist, not an urbanist or city planner....

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