By Elizabeth Grierson, Kristen Sharp
Re-Imagining town: artwork, Globalization, and concrete areas examines how modern procedures of globalization are remodeling cultural adventure and construction in city areas. It maps how cultural productions in paintings, structure, and communications media are contributing to the reimagining of position and identification via occasions, artifacts, and attitudes. This ebook recasts how we comprehend cities—how wisdom will be shaped, framed, and transferred via cultural creation and the way that wisdom is mediated during the building of aesthetic that means and cost.
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The Niemeyer Arts Centre in Aviles, Spain is about to close due to lack of funds to run it. Construction has halted on a City of Culture complex in Santiago de Compostela. In the UK, two new art museums – the Hepworth in Wakefield and the Turner Contemporary in Margate – may be the last of a generation of lottery-funded schemes denoting culturally-led regeneration. But I wonder what social coherences or local economies were regenerated, and whether the emphasis was always on raising property values.
But the gentrifying script was always uncertain. St Pauli is one of most ethically- and socially-diverse neighbourhoods in Hamburg, and one of the poorest: a transitional zone of migrants and bohemians, in a way, like El Raval prior to remodelling. But, unlike El Raval, the artist-squatters are mobilized. Park Fiction emerged as a refusal of the values of the global free market of which gentrification is an outcome, and has worked with local groups to co-design a public park in a key site as a material claim to ownership of the neighbourhood’s identity.
But if cities were re-coded as cultural destinations, to whom did they belong? And who was able, or not able to participate in determining the image of a city which reshaped its built and social as well as its economic environment? I begin by setting out aspects of the conditions in which culturally-led urban renewal arose. I then discuss examples of their outcomes, and whether there was evidence for their success in regenerating cities, or whether outcomes were more a matter of property development than the regeneration of local communities or economies.
Re-imagining the City: Art, Globalization and Urban Spaces by Elizabeth Grierson, Kristen Sharp