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.
Unique critical focus on the history and politics of regeneration. Looks at architecture, art and design as vehicles for regeneration. Contributions by critical commentators and practitioners – architects and artists. International coverage – with essays/creative sections on cities in Europe, Asia, the US and Latin America.
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, University College London
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