The evolutionary ‘waves’ of place-shaping: pre, during and post recession

Pugalis, Lee (2011) The evolutionary ‘waves’ of place-shaping: pre, during and post recession. Journal of Town and City Management, 2 (3). pp. 263-279. ISSN 1756-9538

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Abstract

This paper is concerned with the evolution of place-shaping over the past decade or so and its potential future direction, specifically relating to a UK context but with varying aspects of resonance internationally. The methodological approach and empirical originality is derived from practitioner encounters synthesised with theory. Three ‘waves’ of place-shaping are discernable: renaissance, recession mitigation and recovery. Conceptualising and examining the changing face of place-shaping practice, some broad place quality trends are identified. Asserting that renaissance interventions were heavily skewed towards enhancing the material aspects of city spaces it is suggested that recessions provide a useful interject to reflect on past practice, rethink future policies and sharpen skills. It is within such a climate that innovatory practice can flourish as (public, private and community) actors are challenged to seek alternative ways of working. Questioning the wisdom of cuts in quality, the paper calls for new ways of capturing place quality.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
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Depositing User: Lee Pugalis
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2012 15:53
Last Modified: 16 May 2017 05:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6524

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