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URBAN CONSTELLATIONS: SPACES OF CULTURAL REGENERATION IN POST-INDUSTRIAL BRITAIN. Zoe Thompson. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham/Burlington, 2015. Theory, Technology and Society. 224 pp. with 18 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2014-29568 ISBN 9781472427229 In English.
Publisher's description: This book investigates the iconic architectural cultural spaces of the contemporary cityscape as engines of regeneration. Promising much to their fading locales, these spaces locate culture in the space where production once ruled in order to revitalise post-industrial urban provinces. With close attention to four sites across the UK, Urban Constellations engages with the work of Walter Benjamin and Jean Baudrillard, to read these spaces and in so doing, offer a critical intervention into the theory and experience of contemporary cityscapes. Developing the notion of surface ethnography as a methodological approach to examining the form of cultural experience produced by urban cultural spaces, the author sheds light on the manner in which they transform cultural spectatorship, express wider political and ecological concerns and offer differing views to the 'native' and the 'tourist' in the construction of local history.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — Post-2000 — Architecture — Urban Planning
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 166826
Hardcover $119.95    

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