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Remaking Birmingham
The Visual Culture of Urban Regeneration

Edited By

Liam Kennedy

ISBN 9780415288392
Published September 24, 2004 by Routledge
190 Pages 95 Color & 65 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The city of Birmingham offers a particularly rich case study on urban regeneration as it strives to build a new city image. Positioned between decline and regeneration, the landscape of the city and its environs collages old and new, producing dramatic contrasts - of industrial and post-industrial urbanisms of crumbling brutalism and spectacular flagship developments, of Victorian housing and diverse cultural lifestyles - that compound the aesthetic and socio-economic means of regeneration. This visually exciting book also reflects upon and extends current debates about public space, cultural zoning and the futures of cities.

Table of Contents

Part I: Concrete Dreams 1. Street, Subway and Mall: Spatial Politics in the Bull Ring 2. Shopping for the Future: The Re-Enchantment of Birmingham's Urban Space 3. Developing an Aesthetic for Birmingham 4. Making the Ordinary Extraordinary 5. Acts of Madness - An Interview Part II: Interventions 6. Making Mansions 7. Public Art, Civic Identity and the New Birmingham 8. Off-Site 9. Intervening in Birmingham, Reinventing Ourselves  10. Merge Part III: Imagineering Birmingham 11. Birmingham, Photography and Change 12. Take Me Higher: Birmingham and Cinema 13. The Altered Eye: The European Capital of Culture Bid and Visual Images of Birmingham 14. Without Borders 15. Into the New, New, Old City.

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