Regenerating Culture and Society

Architecture, Art and Urban Style within the Global Politics of City Branding

Edited by Jonathan Harris and Richard Williams

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ISBN: 9781846316401

Publication: April 5, 2011

Series: Tate Liverpool Critical Forum 12

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This collection is an essential guide to, and critique of, visual arts regeneration strategies mobilized by local and national governments attempting to brand their cities in contemporary regional and global markets for lucrative industries, tourism and heritage recognition. Looking at cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, Da Zha Lan in China, Bogata in Colombia and Rio de Janiero in Brazil and case studies in the former USSR, it offers critical analyses of the history of regeneration policies and practices with a unique focus on the use of architecture, art and visual culture as vehicles for the re-design and re-presentation of cities. Themes treated include sustainability and energy production for cities, sexuality and architecture, surveillance and power on the streets, utopian imaginings of alternative societies and consultation for social change in building.

Dr Richard Williams is Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at the University of Edinburgh.

Acknowledgements Introduction Re: 'Regenerate': The Art and Architecture of a Mixed Metaphor Jonathan Harris and Richard J. Williams I Selling (Out) the City? 1. On the Brandwagon - Jonathan Meades 2.Us and Them - Peter Leeson 3. Cinematic Visions of Urban Morality: 'A Driving Perception' - Ian Adrian Fletcher 4. Urban Regeneration in Liverpool: Sign-structures of the Visible and the Invisible - Richard Koeck 5. Curators, Artists, Urban Space - Cecilia Anderson 6. Exploring Subtopia: The Urban Art of Regeneration - Anil Pallan II Urban: Past Tense/ Future Conditional 7. Fragmented Utopias- Architecture, Literature and the Cinematic Image of the Ideal Socialist City of the Future: Dziga Vertov's 'Man with a Movie Camera' - Stavros Alifragkis and Francois Penz 8. Brutalism within and Against Regeneration: The Vagaries of an Ethical Aesthetic from Bevan to Blair - Owen Hatherley 9. New Threads for Old Labryinths: Moving Bodies, 'Trace-works' and the Practised City - Gavin Mcdonald 10. Engaging the City: Participation as Layering Multimedia Sensory Environments - Maria Prieto 11.City of Strangers: Urban Space, Fear and the Sacred in Northern Thailand - Andrew Alan Johnson 12. Street Life in Da Zha Lan - Ou Ning 13. Market Garden City: Making Slum Areas Productive to Build Sustainable Cities - Leonardo Cadena 14. Bio-Port Free Energy City - Simon Swietochowski III 15. regenration, Sexuality and Space - Richard J. Williams 16. 'Search': An Artist Project for Television - Pat Naldi 17. Port Cities, Cosmopolitanism and 'Otherness': The (Mis-) Representation of Liverpool - John Belchem 18. Humility and Participation: Architect as Socail Agent Provocateur - Sarah Wigglesworth 19. Regeneration, Mobility and Contested Space: Cultural Reflections on a City in Transition - Les Roberts Contributors

I would recommend this book to those searching for a light and broad precis of the role of art, architecture and visual culture in urban and cultural regeneration strategies, particularly if interested in such processes discussed through detailed engagement with case study material.
  Urban Studies, Volume 49/11

The subject of regeneration is one of immediate importance and relevance and this readable and stimulating book, with its wide geographic net, interdisciplinary approach and extended and diverse range of essays, gives it a near unique presence in this area.
Iain Borden  
Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture, University College London

Format: Paperback

Size: 220 × 175 mm

347 Pages

ISBN: 9781846316401

Publication: April 5, 2011

Series: Tate Liverpool Critical Forum 12

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