A lively, thought-provoking exploration of the contemporary regeneration of London
Plans to regenerate East London and transform the capital are integral to the vision of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This title brings into focus notions of regeneration within the specific context of London: what does the term actually mean, how has it been applied and is it being applied? Historical overviews of large-scale interventions from the past are combined with case studies of new and planned schemes, and explorations of how change and rejuvenation can retain or enhance the city’s unique sense of place and identity. Looking beyond the Games, the title will look at the direction in which regeneration is going in a post-recession economy. How can a long-established, highly protected and even cherished city, like London, continue to renew and expand? Unlike Chinese or Middle Eastern cities, London is constrained by a wide range of factors from heritage protection and geography to finance and democratic accountability; yet the city continues to grow, change and develop, either incrementally or through big, dramatic leaps, like the Olympic Park and King’s Cross. In this way, London provides a fascinating case study of how a developed, Western city can negotiate and greet the pressures for change.
David Littlefield is a senior lecturer in the Department of Planning and Architecture at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. He has taught at Chelsea College of Art & Design, and the universities of Bath and Plymouth, and he is an external examiner for the interior architecture programme at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is author of a number of books, including Liverpool One: Remaking a City Centre and co-author of Architectural Voices: Listening to Old Buildings.
Further information on David’s work and networks can be found at www.estranged_space.net and www.mappingspectraltraces.org.