Cultural animation and economic vitality: identifying the links and regeneration potential through the lens of the urban street scene

Pugalis, Lee (2009) Cultural animation and economic vitality: identifying the links and regeneration potential through the lens of the urban street scene. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 3 (1). pp. 7-19. ISSN 1752-9638

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Abstract

Culture, space and economy are intermeshed in complex ways. This paper reports on findings from a larger empirical research project commissioned to investigate the symbiotic relationship between culturally animated urban street scenes and economic vitality. Grounded in empirical qualitative research focussing on recent place quality enhancement schemes in the North East of England, the central aim of this paper is to make the case that everyday cultural activity and economically vibrant places can go hand-in-hand. The research did not seek to quantify economic benefits of investments in the cultural animation of urban space, but interpretive analysis suggests that place quality regeneration strategies can enhance the economic performance and vitality of places. Based on the argument that cultural production of space and economic development are not, and therefore should not be viewed as, competing objectives, the paper puts forward a range of good practice pointers for policymakers and practitioners embarking on place quality enhancement schemes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: street scene, cultural animation, economic vitality, place quality, public space and urban regeneration
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Lee Pugalis
Date Deposited: 09 May 2012 15:44
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 18:10
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6903

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