Karl Linn

Architect, Deceased Person

1923 – 2005

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Who was Karl Linn?

Karl Linn was a landscape architect, psychologist, educator, and community activist, best known for inspiring and guiding the creation of "neighborhood commons" on vacant lots in East Coast inner cities during the 1960s through 1980s. Employing a strategy he called "urban barnraising," he engaged neighborhood residents, volunteer professionals, students, youth teams, social activists, and community gardeners in envisioning, designing, and constructing instant, temporary, and permanent gathering spaces in neighborhoods, on college campuses, and at sites of major conferences and events. "Linn is considered 'Father of American Participatory Architecture' by many academic colleagues and architectural and environmental experts of the National Endowment for the Arts."

In the 1990s his focus shifted to creating commons in community gardens. Many of his pilot projects, designed to cultivate community and peace among people, are documented in his book Building Commons and Community, published by New Village Press in 2007.

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Born
Mar 11, 1923
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • The New School
  • Kadoorie Agricultural High School
Employment
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Died
Feb 3, 2005

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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